Preparing the Home for the Home Inspection


A home that is ready for an inspection is a home that has higher-curb appeal; this home has a competitive edge. All routine maintenance should be completed prior to listing, not the home inspection.


Listed are six major areas of concern in regards to a home inspection. 

1.  Check major systems:

  • Furnace, have it cleaned and serviced. (This clearly shows that it has been maintained.) Make sure the receipt(s) are out for display.
  • Have the central air conditioning system charged in the summer months.
  • Have the foundation cracks repaired, cracks showing moisture should be epoxy injected.
  • Electrical System – Make sure the main panel is on, all knockouts are covered, and any non-professional wiring is replaced by code compliant work. Fix all damaged outlets, switches and lights. (Typically, electrical items are easily repaired, but several items tend to have a cumulative effect.)
  • Check with the city to see if the Romex wiring is up to code. The home inspector will make sure the buyers are aware of the presence of Romex.
  • Have all plumbing leaks fixed, all damaged valves replaced, and make sure the toilet(s) are functioning properly.
  • Have all flashing and roof shingles checked and repaired, if necessary.


 2.  Maintenance Work:

  • Trim back trees and bushes
  • Apply new caulk to exterior
  • Clean gutters, add downspout extensions
  • Replace any rotten wood trim
  • Remove any peeling paint and paint wood trim
  • Replace caulk in bathrooms at tub, re-grout where needed
  • Re-grade at exterior
  • Install or replace furnace filter
  • Have chimney professionally cleaned
  • Reseal driveway


3.   Details:

  • Repair leaking faucets and traps
  • Tighten loose doorknobs and hardware
  • Replace damaged screens
  • Replace broken glass
  • Replace burnt out light blubs
  • Secure loose railings
  • Patch all small holes in drywall
  • Repair loose wallpaper


4.   Safety:

  • Install/check all smoke detectors in home. Requirements vary, but one on each level should be present. For new construction, detectors are needed in each bedroom, as well.
  • Install carbon monoxide detector.
  • Install ground fault circuit interrupters in wet areas, such as bathrooms, kitchens, garages, exterior outlets or any other potential risk areas.
  • Keep/remove flammable products away from furnace and hot water heater.
  • Have basement foundation, egress and windows clear.
  • Update door lock hardware.


5.   Cosmetic Improvements:

  • Keep lawn mowed and picked up.
  • Clean windows and power wash siding and trim.
  • Replace thermal windows that have broken seals.
  • Keep kitchen and baths clean, since buyers tend to scrutinize these areas.


6.   Information:

  • Have all appliance receipts, service records and warranties ready for inspection.
  • Information on age of major components such as furnace, water heather, roof, etc.
  • Warranty information on components.
  • Current heating, water and electric bills.
  • Information on any and all remodeling, such as date of remodel, permit for work, etc.
  • For homes with well and septic tank systems, date of last service is beneficial.


                                                                                 THE DALE TADELMAN HOME SELLING TEAM


200 East Northwest Highway, Palatine, Illinois 60067

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