A property inspection can either be completely successful or absolutely disastrous to your real estate deal. The inspector examines your home for possible issues and assesses its current physical condition. Potential buyers could back out of the deal if the inspection report is not up to par, depending on their contract. At the end of the inspection, the inspector will make repair suggestions you have to follow to seal the deal. You can help make everything go a lot more smoothly by preparing your house before the inspector arrives using some simple home inspection tips.
(source: Rhody’s Life)
This infographic shows the areas and items that must be covered by your home inspector.
The following are just some of useful tips which you can utilise to help speed up your property inspection
Take a look at Your Electrical and Plumbing
Home inspectors have a keen eye and pay close attention to your electrical and plumbing. They will look for damage to pipes along with leaks and red flags, such as slow drains, damaged dry wall or loose wires. They will check your water pressure, your electrical outlets and your hot water tank. Check your faucets for drips or leaks and water pressure and repair any problems you may find. Schedule an appointment with a plumber before the inspection if you’ve got a problem with draining or pressure. Electrical issues may not be as noticeable as plumbing issues, so if you think may have an issue, get in touch with an electrician before your inspection.
Heating and Cooling Exams
While inspection methods for cooling and heating are different from inspector to inspector, they will check to see whether your appliances work properly. The inspector will look for signs of the house being kept in good condition. Performing any routine maintenance on your home’s heating and cooling as required, if you have not done so already. And you should be considering having a professional check the systems before you even schedule an inspection. It is ideal to have a home inspection checklist that you can refer to.
Take a Look at Your Roof
When is the last time you cleaned you gutters? Something to think about before the inspection so that your water is draining properly. Waste and debris such as leaves and dirt can cause blockages to your gutters and cause water to spill over the sides. Make sure your downspouts face away from your home to prevent the growth of mold and/or mildew. While you’re cleaning the gutters, check and inspect your roof for signs of any problems, like loose tiles. Look at you roof from ground level for signs of bumps, bent edges or twisted ends. Have a professional repair attend to your roof if you notice any issues before your inspector arrives. Check your chimney, if you have one, look for signs of damage, especially any loose bricks, and those fixed right away, perhaps book in a chimney sweep.
Mold and Mildew: Don’t Let it Happen to you
Mold and mildew can be found anywhere in your home at any given time, and its presence can cause a potential health risk to you and your family. A property inspector will check your home for any mold and mildew. Usually, mold and mildew are found in ceiling tiles, hard-to-reach areas such as underneath the wallpapers and sink, a damp basement, as well as places that are moist or humid. Regardless if the mold and mildew in your home is mild or severe, it is a great idea to have it removed so as to avoid further infestation. The presence of mold and mildew is also disadvantageous as it may discourage property buyers who are looking to buy your property.
Get a Reliable Home Inspector
A home inspector is essential whether you are looking to purchase or if you are leaning towards selling your house. An inspector will make all the necessary steps needed in order to point out the problems within the property and will also provide the solutions and recommendations needed. From the roofing, attics, to the structural condition, up to the basement, a reliable home inspector will check all the details–big or small–in your property. It is also best to choose an insured and certified home inspector which is backed with years of experience and references so you can be sure that the work is done efficiently, which is a imperative in helping you make an informed decision about your home.
With these above tips, you can rest easy knowing that you have carefully planned and prepared your property, for inspection and potentially increased the value of your home.