Selling a home is hard work. A buyer will want a home where everything is in good working order and the home is in good condition. Performing a self inspection can make the selling process much easier.
A home inspection is an essential part of selling a home. The inspection, typically ordered by a buyer, is a visual examination of the home’s structure, plumbing, electrical, appliances and systems. Everything is looked at from the roof to the foundation.
Conducting a self-inspection can relieve a lot of anxiety, time, and money. Ensuring all items are fixed and all systems are properly functioning before the formal inspection will alleviate any surprises and relieve stress.
A standard home inspection will examine the home’s heating, central air conditioning, plumbing systems, electrical systems, roof, attic, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, foundation, and structural components, appliances and determine if there is mold.. The inspector will provide a report with their findings.
If a self inspection seems too overwhelming, a professional inspector can be hired.
- Inspect the caulking around windows and doors and caulking.
- Inspect the roof. Clean moss and debris from the gutters, check for damaged tiles, or shingles and ensure the downspouts are in the proper position.
- Replace any bulbs. If all bulbs are functioning, the inspector will know there are no broken wires.
- Inspect toilets to ensure they are working properly. Toilets are easy and inexpensive to repair.
- Replace filters in the HVAC to show you maintain the unit.
- Ensure the electrical/fuse box is appropriately labeled. Check that all switches are labeled neatly and correctly.
- Check that all doors are in proper working condition, latch to the frame without a problem and that knobs and locks are functioning properly.
- Repair any loose cabinets.
- Check for signs of water damage, so you can get any water-related issues repaired before the formal inspection.
- Treat any bug problems with bug killers. You do not want wasp nests in your yard or ants in your kitchen when you are showing your home.
Most buyers are not expecting perfection, but want to ensure there are no significant, costly repairs in their immediate future. The formal inspection may show some minor issues, but completing a home inspection yourself can catch most issues.
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