Getting your home under contract is just the first step to getting it sold. Next comes the dreaded home inspection! Here is a simple check list to help you get the thumbs up from the inspector.
As the buyer will usually request that problem items are rectified by a licensed contractor, it can be very cost effective to take care of issues before the inspection. While I am not suggesting you attempt to maintain major electrical or plumbing items yourself, you can save a great deal of money by attending to some of basics.
Windows â€“ make sure that all latches are in working order and apply some silicone to the runners to ensure that they open smoothly.
Doors â€“ all latches should be functional and if you have ball hinges on closet doors, check that they open smoothly.
Staircases â€“ all handrails must be secured.
Foundation â€“ if you find cracks or suspect that there is a problem with the foundation call a professional.
Roof â€“ check for missing or broken shingles and that all flashing is properly sealed.
Chimney â€“ mortar should not be cracked and ensure that your chimney is clean and ready for a fire.
Gutters â€“ downspouts must always send water away from the home and gutters should be free of debris and clear flowing.
Heating / Cooling â€“ confirm that both heating and cooling systems work and replace all filters.
Plumbing fixtures â€“ check that the garbage disposal is functioning, there are no leaking or dripping faucets, the sinks drain, toilets flush efficiently and that the sump pump is operational.
Electrics â€“ ensure that lights have good bulbs to enable the inspector to test them. GFCI outlets should be working correctly, and all fire alarms must be functional and have fresh batteries.
Appliances â€“ run all appliances to make sure they are working as they should. The inspector will test everything.
Water Damage â€“ all leaks should have been taken care of at the time they occurred but ensure that any damage caused by the leak has been fully repaired.
Pests â€“ check for evidence of termites, ants, carpenter bees and other pests and take appropriate action.
Do remember that it is the inspectorâ€™s job to find even the smallest of problems, so no matter how diligent you are; be prepared to have a few items sighted for repair. You can however limit your exposure by taking early preventative action to get that all important green light.