Inspection Prep

JUST A LITTLE PREPARATION WILL

INDICATE A WELL MAINTAINED HOME.

These items can be taken care of for little or no cost. This information applies to buyers and sellers (things to look for or repair).

· Provide clear access to the attic, crawlspace, heat/AC systems, water heater, appliances, garage and all other areas that require inspection. This is important because inspectors are not required to move personal items, furniture, equipment, etc.

· Keep grade or mulch six to eight inches from contact with siding.

· Clean gutters and remove debris from the roof.

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

· Trim trees and bushes back from house and clean any staining.

· Paint and caulk all weathered exterior wood.

· Seal asphalt driveways if cracking.

· Clean or replace heating/AC filters.

· Test all smoke detectors.

· Clean chimney, fireplace, or wood stove (if professionally cleaned provide a copy for buyer).

· Put all windows and doors in proper operating condition, replace cracked windows.

· Check sump pump for proper operation.

· Replace any burned out light bulbs.

· Remove wood from contact with house.

· Install/check vapor barrier in crawlspace.

· Caulk all exterior wall penetrations.

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

· Anticipate the dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer being operated if they convey with home.

· Be prepared for questions such as: how old is the stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, clothes washer. dryer, A/C or heat pump, furnace (air handler), roof, windows, etc.

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