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Preparing Your Home For Inspection

Many consumers are now hiring home inspectors before they purchase a home.  There are hundreds of items in your home that an Inspector will be looking at.  Many of these items may be taken care of with little or no cost.  Some of these items indicate to the Inspector and to the Buyer that the house has been properly maintained.  Do these things:

1. Remove grade or mulch from contact with siding. Preferably 6 or more inches of clearance. This is a leading cause of mold growth as well as insect infestation.

2. Clean out dirty gutters or debris from the roof.

3. Divert all water away from house, i.e. downspouts, sump pump, condensation drain, etc.    Grade should slope away from structure. Clean out basement entry drains.

4. Trim trees, roots and bushes back from the foundation, roof, siding, and chimney.

5. Paint all weathered exterior wood, and caulk around trim, chimneys, windows and doors.

6. Seal asphalt driveways if it is cracking.

7. Seal or point up masonry chimney caps. Install a metal flue cap.

8. Clean or replace HVAC filter. Clean dirty air returns and plenum.

9. Point up any failing mortar joints in brick or block.

10. Test all smoke detectors, install CO detectors if needed.

11. Update attic ventilation if none is present.

12. Clean & service chimney, fireplace, or woodstove (provide a copy for the buyer).

13. Seal masonry walls in basement if old stains are present.

14. Don't do quick or cheap repairs, i.e. (giant caulk repairs) this will clue in an Inspector that amateur work has been done and will tend to make him look even closer at the house.

15. Put all windows and doors in proper operating condition, including any cracked windows.

16. Put all plumbing fixtures, toilet, tub, shower, sinks, in proper working condition. Look for any visible leaks and repair them.

17. Install GFCI receptacles near all appropriate areas (any outlets within 6 feet of a water source), and test all present GFCI receptacles for proper operation.

18. Check sump pump for proper operation and inspect condition of crock (pit) and drain-tile.

19. Replace any burned out light bulbs.

20. Remove rotting wood and all firewood from contact with house.

21. Proper grading is recommended under deck, with filter cloth and gravel.

22. Peroxide in sump pump or condensate drains will reduce odors and bacteria.

23. Caulk all exterior wall penetrations.

24. Caulk all tub and shower fixtures.

25. Caulk along tub/floor, tub/walls, tub/shower/glass doors.

26. Check that the crawlspace is dry and install a proper vapor barrier. Remove any visible moisture from crawlspace. Moisture levels in wood should be below 20%, to deter rot and mildew.

27. Check that bathrooms are properly vented.

28. Remove paints, solvents, gas, debris, etc. from crawlspace, basement, attic, and porch.

29. Check that toilets are secured tightly to the floor.

30. Where windows are at or below grade, install window wells and covers.

31. Remove grade from contact with foundation vents.

32. Have clear access to all attic, crawlspace, heat systems, garage and other areas that will need to be inspected.

33. If house is vacant be sure that all utilities are turned on for the inspection.

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