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.
Congratulations, your property just went pending. Are you ready for the home inspection?
Don’t worry. I’m going to give you 10 items you can do to properly prepare your house when you’re ready for the home inspection.
Of course, you can’t possibly know everything that might show up on an inspection report, but you can make your home appear well-maintained and take care of some common problems before the inspector knocks on your door.
Here are the 10 items you need to perform to be properly prepared for your home inspection.
Number One: Clear all access points the inspector will use
This includes the attic, hot water heater, and electrical panel.
Number Two: Change the filter in your HVAC system and clean the dust off the vent covers
If your unit’s in the closet, make sure it appears clean and clear of anything stored next to it.
Number Three: Ensure that all light switches are working correctly and replace any burned-out light bulbs
It’s always a good idea to have extra bulbs available in the event one burns out the day of the inspection.
Number Four: Clean out the fireplace
Check the damper to ensure that it’s operating correctly. If any cracks in the brick, fill them with high temp, silicone sealant.
Number Five: Let’s look at your windows
Replace windows with cracked glass or failed seals, replace torn screens, then open up every window in the home to make sure that they open smoothly. While they’re open, if your window has tracks, take a rag and some cleaner solution, and clean them out. Finally, clean the glass, both inside and out.
Number Six: Repair any damage wood
Damage wood is another area that makes its way into too many inspection reports is damaged wood, and especially the soffits, fascia, windowsills, and door trim.
So, if you’re handy, repair and replace any damaged wood. And by the way, these items will usually show up as section one on the termite report.
Number Seven: Cracks and holes in stucco should be filled, and if possible, sealed
To understand this, please see the YouTube video (“How to Repair Cracks and Holes in Stucco”) It will walk you through the process.
Number Eight: Experts say that any dirt or mold that’s up against the foundation should be removed.
Experts say you should be able to see four inches of exposed foundation. Going back to the termite inspection, damaged wood in this area can also create a section one issue which will be noted in the termite report.
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. Going back to the termite inspection, damage to any wood in this area can also create section 1 issues that will be noted in the termite report.
Number Nine: Make sure all kitchen appliances are clean and properly working
If something isn’t working, see if you can find the appropriate service repair person to correct it before the inspection.
Number Ten: Repair any roof leaks
Repair any roof leaks should be repaired, and repair any cosmetic damage caused by the leak.
Keep in mind, most home inspectors will do a complete visual inspection and its components. This includes the HVAC system, plumbing, heating, gas lines, and electrical panel. Most general inspections take between one to two hours. Many times the buyer will be present during the inspection, along with the real estate agent who is representing them. The inspection is customarily paid by the buyer once they’re in contract. By going through this checklist, should help you cover the basic items noted in a home inspection.
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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