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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
RE/MAX UNLIMITED NORTHWEST
200 East Northwest Highway, Palatine, Illinois 60067