How to Prepare for a Home Inspection

When preparing to sell your home, a property inspector will need to conduct a home inspection in order to assess value. If you can, attend the inspection yourself– and don’t be afraid to ask questions! Below are some tips to make sure nothing important gets overlooked. Remember, the details matter, too.

Outdoors

  • Clean out gutters and any debris that has collected on the roof
  • Make sure all water is diverted away from the house; that means sump pumps, drains, downspouts, etc
  • If you have an asphalt driveway, seal any cracks
  • Re-caulk around windows, doors, trim, and chimney if you have one
  • Trim bushes or trees that have grown towards the foundation, siding, or roof
  • Paint over any weather-worn wood on the exterior of your home

Plumbing

  • Make sure all fixtures, including toilets, tubs, sinks, and showers are in working condition
  • Check for and repair leaks
  • If necessary, re-caulk around plumbing fixtures

Basement

  • Remove all paints, gas, and solvents (also check the porch and attic)
  • Seal masonry walls
  • Make sure the sump pump is operating properly

Other

  • Check each light bulb and replace those that are burnt out
  • Test all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and replace if necessary
  • Make sure all windows and doors are working properly
  • Replace any cracked window panes
  • Check to make sure the bathroom vents are properly vented
  • Make sure the attic and any unfinished areas have adequate insulation and ventilation

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