You’re selling your home and having an open house. Would you leave dirty dishes in the sink or clothes on the floor? Of course not! That’s what a home inspector sees when you leave your gutters clogged, faucets dripping, HVAC filters dirty, and a moldy substance on your shower tiles. Not only does this reduce the function of your home, but it alarms the inspector that home maintenance has not been up to par.
Simple little things can greatly improve your home’s grade during an inspection.
In preparation for your home inspection, Champia Real Estate Inspections recommends for sellers to take care of these minor details to so they don’t give the impression of bigger problems. Buyers don’t like seeing negative reports about the home they are interested in. Even simple repairs like these added up on an inspection report could unnerve a potential buyer.
Here are tips from the National Association of Home Inspectors to make sure regular maintenance is completed and all of those nagging little fixes are handled. It will make your property inspection go a lot smoother, along with the sale of your home.
- Remove grade or mulch from contact with siding. Six (6) or more inches of clearance are preferred.
2. Clean out dirty gutters or debris from the roof.
3. Divert all water away from the house (i.e., downspouts, sump pump, condensation drains, etc.). Grade should slope away from the 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 the trim, chimney, windows and doors.
6. Seal asphalt driveways, if cracking.
7. Seal or point up masonry chimney caps. Install 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 to ensure they are in safe working condition…
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