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Ten Tips to Speed Up Your Home Inspection

 

Ten Tips to Speed Up Your Home Inspection

Speed up your home sale by preparing your home ahead of time using the following tips. Your home inspection will go smoother, with fewer concerns to delay closing. Home Inspection Tips
  1. Confirm that that the water, electrical and gas services are turned on (including pilot lights, if any).
     
  2. Although I’m a “pet friendly” home inspector, the buyers and real estate agents might not be. Make sure your pets won't hinder your home inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from the premises or secured outside. Tell your agent about any pets at home.
     

  3. Replace burned-out light bulbs to avoid a "light is inoperable" report that may suggest an electrical problem.
     
  4. Although I do not test smoke detectors and CO detectors, I highly recommend these devices. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a serious danger and one that many people do not understand. It is the #1 cause of unintentional poisoning deaths in North America. In Canada, there are approximately 1,000 reported posionings and 250 deaths per year due to carbon monoxide. 
     
  5. Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. Make sure the installed air filter is the correct size, and installed correctly. The airflow arrow that is imprinted along the side of the air filter should point at the furnace cabinet, not away from it. If the filter is installed the wrong way, it will not filter as effectively. Airflow will be impeded and the load on the furnace motor will increase. The air filter is a very important furnace component.   
  6. Remove stored items, debris and wood from the foundation. These may be cited as "conducive conditions" for termites and rodents. It will also hinder my ability to see and inspect the exterior of the foundation wall. I always move these items to fully inspect, however this takes time.If the basement is not finished, remove stored items from the interior as well.
     
  7. Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electrical service panels, the water heater, attic and crawlspace.
     
  8. Unlock any locked areas that your home inspector must access, such as the attic door or hatch, the electrical service panel, the door to the basement, and any exterior gates.
     
  9. Trim tree limbs so that they're at least 10 feet away from the roof. Trim any shrubs that are too close to the house that can hold moisture against the exterior walls.
     
  10. Repair or replace any broken or missing items, such as doorknobs, locks or latches, windowpanes or screens, gutters or downspouts, or chimney caps. These are all simple items that should be done whether you’re selling your home or simply living in it!! 

Checking these areas before your home inspection is an investment in selling your property. Your real estate agent and I will thank you!



 

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