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Items to Check before a Home Inspection
Selling a home can be a stressful time, there is so much to think about; keeping the home clean, heading out on a moment’s notice to accommodate last minute showings, not to mention planning a move. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed.
Then you get that great offer and enter escrow. You’re relieved until you realize there’s a home inspection coming. Even a home meticulously maintained can have hidden issues. The good news is that you can prepare for the home inspection and make sure you pass with flying colors.
Items to Check before a Home Inspection!
Doors, windows, cabinets and drawers – check that they slide smoothly
Run water in sinks, tubs and showers – snake any that drain slowly
Evidence of water leaks – Garage ceiling, under sinks, around water heaters, etc.
GFIs – check your local code and put GFI plugs where required
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors must be in working order
Gutters and Roof – replace any missing roof tiles and clean gutters
HVAC – Consider a HVAC servicing to replace filters and check for problems
Water Heater – is it properly strapped and vented
Deferred maintenance – anything that has been neglected should be addressed before
the home inspection
The best defense is a good offense. This is true in home inspections too! The best way to ensure you have a great home inspection is to have a pre-listing home inspection. It could be the best couple hundred dollars you can spend – uncover the issues before the buyer does.
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