Preparing for a Home Inspection

In Lake Carroll Real Estate by Fawnridge Realty, Inc.

Home inspections are, more often than not, part of the process of selling your home. Whether you are undertaking a pre-inspection before putting your home on the market, or prepping your home for a buyer’s inspection before closing a sale, a home inspection is a thorough review of all the major features and systems of your home and can greatly affect your selling price. 

We recommend getting your home pre-inspected before placing it on the market. A pre-inspection can catch issues that have the potential to take a big bite out of your selling price if left unaddressed. A pre-inspection can reduce or eliminate surprises during the selling process and help you make cost-effective repairs, if needed, before listing your home.

What Does an Inspection Cover?

Your home inspector is going to be looking at several different aspects of your home. Most frequently, home inspection is associated with looking for structural integrity but inspectors are also going to assess the systems of your home as well as how well major appliances are working. 

The structural assessment looks at the integrity of your home, including the performance of windows, doors, and insulation. Inspectors are trained to catch any issues with leaking or water damage, foundation damage, and potential issues with basements, attics, and crawl spaces. Inspection will include your roof and features like fireplaces.

The systems inspection of your home checks systems like electricity, gas, plumbing, and HVAC to make sure they are in good working order. Inspection will note issues like aging water heaters or HVAC components, and make sure that wiring, plumbing, and gas are safely installed and in good working order.

Any appliances that are included in the sale of the home are also going to be inspected. Washers and dryers, kitchen ranges, refrigerators, and other home appliances will be evaluated for their working order and value to the home.

Set Your Home Up For Success

The first step in getting your home ready for an inspection is making sure that these systems and aspects of your home are easy to access. You’ll want to be sure that all outlets, faucets, appliances, and controls like fuse boxes can be safely accessed. You’ll also want to have a clear path around your home’s perimeter, at least 6 inches wide, where the foundation and exterior can be accessed and assessed. 

All areas of your home need to be able to be accessed. This includes seldom-used spaces like attics and crawl spaces. Make sure access to these areas is not blocked or concealed. All interior doors to the home should be unlocked for the inspection. 

Check and Clean

Doing a deep cleaning of your home is a great way to check and see that your home is performing at its best. From exterior features like gutters and yard waste to interior areas and appliances, a thorough going over will catch easy fixes and optimize your home for the inspection. While the inspection itself does not assess the cleanliness of your home, all aspects of your home, and the working order of the things in it, will all benefit from tidiness and organization.

Clean all appliances that will be assessed in the inspection. Check to see that everything is in good working order, such as all burners on a range. Clean out any appliance filters, such as the lint traps in a dryer. Make sure surfaces are cleaned, and areas like the interior of a freezer and fridge are defrosted and as empty as possible.

Make sure all aspects of your plumbing and electric systems are in good order. Flush all toilets, run faucets and check drains for clogs. Replace any dead light bulbs and test all electrical sockets to make sure they are functioning. Check to make sure switches are working properly as well as built-in features like ceiling lights and fans.

Structurally, do a complete run-through of your home. Test windows and doors to make sure they open and close smoothly and do not have a draft. Check caulking and grouting in bathrooms and kitchens. If there are known issues with roofing, try to address them before the home inspection.

The basics of preparing for a home inspection are cleanliness, maintenance, and access, but you’ll want to look over a thorough checklist to make sure your home is ready. You can make your own checklist, or use a list provided by your inspector or online to make the process straightforward and easy.

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