10 Ways to Speed Up Your Home Inspection

Is this the first time selling your home? Or maybe your second time.  Either way, this article is for you.  InterNACHI Certified Inspector, Ike Paxton, gives you tips on getting your home ready for the inspection.

Selling your home can be an exciting, yet frustrating time.  You think your home is in great condition and should sell fast.   A prospective buyer walks thru and likes what they see.  Then he or she hires a home inspector. Uh, oh…you hear back that the home inspector found lots of defects.  Now What?  

Almost every property sale gets hung up, or worse it falls through because of the Home Inspection Report.  Realtors and home-sellers alike, blame the home inspector for being too picky, or worse – label him a deal killer.  

Typically, lack of maintenance and up keep on the homeowners part (even past owners) is the cause of a poor report. It maybe even a lack of knowledge.

We see it all the time

In almost every home inspection, at least one light bulb doesn’t work, a smoke alarm is non-functioning, and a window doesn’t open.  All of these will get marked as a defect.  An inoperable smoke alarm will get flagged as a Safety Issue, whereas a burnt out bulb will be a minor defect or an item to replace.  

The amount of defects can add up. A number of new home buyers will steer clear of buying the home regardless of what is wrong, based on a high number of defects .

Our Inspector, Ike Paxton, CPI, wants to share this top ten list of items that should be addressed before the home inspection. The following items to check are typically inexpensive, and simple to do.  The home inspector and you will appreciate it! 

Do these 10 Steps to Speed Up the Home Inspection

  1. Test Smoke & Carbon Monoxide detectors.  If they don’t work, replace the battery or the whole unit.
  2. Replace burnt-out light bulbs.  
  3. Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters.
  4. Repair or Replace any broken or missing items, such as, doorknobs, locks or latches, window panes or screens, downspout extensions, chimney caps/covers, electrical outlets, outlet covers, light switch covers.
  5. Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electrical service panels, water heater, attic, and crawlspace.
  6. Remove stored items that are around the foundation inside and out.
  7. Make sure your pet(s) won’t hinder the inspection.  Ideally they should be removed from the premises or secured in a kennel during the inspection.
  8. Unlock any locked areas that must be accessed, i.e., attic door, crawlspace, garage, basement door, 
  9. Trim Trees and shrubs 10′ away from the house and garage.
  10. Confirm that the water, electrical, and gas services are turned on (including pilot lights).  

The key to a good home inspection report is continual maintenance on your home.  Some items maybe expensive at times, but it is important to repair or replace as soon as you can. 

Get a Move-In Certified Inspection

If you are struggling, call us to perform a Move-In Certified® Home Inspection before you list your home.  Before you put your home on the market, get it inspected.  By doing so, you will have solid information on what needs to be repaired or what the buyers may try and negotiate on.  

We wish you the best in selling your home!

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