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Preparing for a Home Inspection
Are you planning on scheduling a home inspection soon? You can use the following checklist to make sure you’re ready.
- Remove grade or mulch from contact with siding and crawl space vents. (Preferably 6 or more inches of clearance.)
- Clean out dirty gutters or debris from the roof.
- Divert all water away from house, i.e. downspouts, sump pump, condensation drain, etc.
- Grade should slope away from structure. Proper grading recommended under deck. (Clean out basement entry drains.)
- Trim trees, roots and bushes back from foundation, roof, siding, and chimney.
- Paint all weathered exterior wood, and caulk around trim, chimneys, windows, doors and any penetrations.
- Seal asphalt driveways if cracking.
- Clean or replace heating and ventilation filters. Clean dirty air returns and plenum.
- Test all smoke detectors or replace if they are older than 7 years. Also, install Carbon Monoxide detecors. (One detector per level.)
- Clean chimney, fireplace, or woodstove (provide a copy for buyer).
- Seal masonry walls in basement.
- Don’t do quick cheap repairs, i.e. (giant caulk repairs) this will clue in an Inspector that amateur work has been done and will tend to make him/her look closer at the house.
- Get all windows and doors in proper operating condition, including any cracked windows.
- Put all plumbing fixtures, toilet, tub, shower, sinks, in proper working condition. Look for any leaks.
- Install GFCI receptacles near all water sources, test all present GFCI receptacles for proper operation.
- Check sump pump for proper operation.
- Replace any burned out light bulbs.
- Remove rotting wood, firewood from contact with house.
- Check that crawlspace is dry and install a proper vapor barrier covering all soils.
- Caulk along tub/floor, tub/walls, tub/shower/glass doors and fixtures.
- Remove any visible moisture from crawlspace. Moisture levels in wood should be below 18%, to deter rot and mildew.
- Check that bath fans are properly vented to house exterior.
- Remove paints, solvents, gas, etc. from crawlspace, basement, attic, porch, etc.
- Check that toilets are secured to floor and caulked.
- Have clear access to all attic, crawlspace, heat systems, garage and other areas that will need to be inspected.
- If house is vacant be sure all utilities are turned on:
- Water Heater
- Furnace/Air Conditioning
- Breakers in main panel
- Don’t do quick cheap repairs, i.e. (giant caulk repairs). This will clue in an Inspector that amateur work has been done and will tend to make him/her look closer at the house.