Hi, I’m Warren Oberholser. I’m a realtor in the East Bay Tri-Valley area in Northern California. My goal is to help both buyers and sellers get maximum results for one of their biggest investments, their home.
You have only one chance to impress the home inspector. Of course, you can’t possibly know everything that might show up on the inspection report, but you can make your home appear well-maintained and take care of some common problems before the inspector knocks on the door.
- Clear all access points that the inspector will use. These include the attic, water heater and electrical panel.
- Change the HVAC filters and clean the fuzz off the vent covers.
- Ensure that all light switches work and replace burned-out bulbs.
- Clean out the fireplace. Check the damper to ensure that it is operating properly. Cracks in the brick? Seal them with a high-temp silicone sealant.
- How are those windows? Replace cracked glass and torn screens. Then, open every window in the home to make sure they slide smoothly (both upon opening and closing). While they’re open, take a rag and some cleaning solution to the tracks. Finally, clean both inside and outside glass.
- Another common problem that makes its way onto too many inspection reports is water-damaged wood, especially the soffits, fascia, window sills (and here you thought you were finished with those windows!) and door trim.
- Cracks and holes in stucco should be sealed. We found a YouTube video (“How to Repair Cracks and Holes in Stucco”) that will walk you through the process.
- The pros at TheBuildingInspector.net suggest that owners of wood-framed homes should ensure that mulch isn’t piled up the foundation. “You should be able to see 4 inches of exposed foundation,” they suggest.
- Those same pros urge you to ensure that your kitchen appliances are clean and that they work properly. (Ice maker as well).
- Fix any leaks in the ceiling. Then, seal the stain and paint.
Remember, the home inspector will perform a visual inspection of the home and its components. This includes the HVAC system, plumbing, heating, gas lines and electrical panel.
The inspection will take between two and three hours and, as tempting as it may be to be present, the buyer (who hired the inspector) will often tag along, with his or her real estate agent, naturally.
If you have any questions about the home inspection process, please feel free to ask. We’re happy to provide all the information you need.
I hope you enjoyed this article. Please let me know if you have any questions. Warren
Hello…I work with both buyers and sellers in the Tri-Valley area of Northern California. The Tri-Valley is comprised of 6 cities: Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, and Alamo. To better understand what each city has to offer, I have created a Pros and Cons video and BLOG for each – (Pros & Cons for Pleasanton, Pros & Cons for Livermore, Pros & Cons for Dublin, Pros & Cons for San Ramon, Pros & Cons for Danville and Pros & Cons for Alamo). If you are thinking about purchasing or selling a home, please reach out to me by text, phone, or email. If it is convenient, I can schedule a Zoom chat so we can discuss your home goals. Wishing you all the best on your home journey. Cheers!
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