Look at your home top to bottom with a home inspector’s eyes. Review as much as you can prior to putting your home on the market and/or prior to the home inspection process with a buyer. You would be surprised how a buyer perceives your home when a long list of minor issues adds up and creates a lengthy inspection report, resulting in a more stressful buyer inspection response. Removing half a dozen or more small things can really help your home appear to the buyer as if it has truly been maintained. The last thing you want is a long list of unexpected items to show up on the report that you knew nothing about. You can also discuss pros and cons of getting a pre-inspection done by a professional with you agent.
The goal of this is to pinpoint problems you may overlook every day being you live in the home.
*Roof – Your roof should be flush with the house. No visible mold or rot. Pay attention to fascia, soffits, and if you feel inclined to do so, use a ladder to get on the roof and ensure there aren’t nails popping up, loose shingles etc.
*Gutters – Verify they are attached securely around the home. No sagging or pulling away. Have them cleaned out if needed.
*Attic – Is your attic properly ventilated? Is the insulation properly disbursed? No strange hanging electrical lines? No mold present? Bath fans and such are venting out of the home. Are the soffit vents clogged? No signs of critters in the attic?
*Walls – Discolored spots on walls, especially ceilings, will lead a buyer to immediately think there is or was a leak. This may result in further exploration for potential mold. This is very important to eliminate concern prior to inspection.
*Basement – Check for condensation, water damage, concrete cracks that are not typical. Is there a sump pump and is it functioning properly?
*HVAC – How old is your system and when is the last time you had a regular maintenance check done? They sign off on the sticker affixed to the furnace and believe me, agents and inspectors do look at that. If you have not had service done within the last 6 months to 1 year, it is highly suggested you do. Be sure the furnace filter is the proper size and clean.
*Windows and Doors – Check conditions of weather stripping for exterior doors. Ensure windows do not have a fog haze to them or water beading up between the panes and this is a sign the seal could be broken.
*Plumbing – Ensure there are not signs of leaking under faucets, at water heater, under appliances. Be sure all fixtures are caulked as they should be (tub faucets are notorious for coming up on inspections) and tightened properly, including toilets.
*Crawl space – We don’t tend to get excited about the idea of getting in a crawl space, however the unexpected during an inspection in a crawl space can become very costly if you have no idea what is going on in there and find out you have mold on your baseboard, standing water, and a number of other issues than can be present, of which you have no clue about unless you take a look.