10 Ways to Speed Up Your Home Inspection | Paxton Inspection Services

Is this the first time selling your home? Or maybe your second time.  Either way, this article is for you.  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.  What now?  

Almost every property sale gets hung up and maybe even 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.  Its not the home inspector’s fault…it is a lack of maintenance and up keep on the homeowners part; maybe even a lack of knowledge.  The home inspector inspects and reports on defects that are visible.  Yet the question is – would you rather have a home inspector do his best to protect you, or do a quick look and miss a lot of defects

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.  But the amount of defects 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 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 burned-out light bulbs.  
  3. Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters.
  4. Repair or Replace any broken or missing items, i.e., 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).  

Simple maintenance year round is the best for your house and a good inspection report!  We wish you the best of luck in selling your home!

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