Finally, you have found a buyer for your house after rigorously trying to sell your house. He even gave you a good deal. But this deal hasn't closed yet because he needs to do the final check up of your house--the home inspection. Are you really sure that there is nothing to worry about? Getting the home inspection certification is a normal process in house buying. That is why specialists advise sellers to do their own home inspection and fix everything that needs fixing. If not, you might need to endure spending a bigger cost for fixing things in your house before it can be sold.
Here are some things you can include in your checklist to pass the home inspection:
- Light Fixtures - Check all the light fixtures in the house, exterior and interior. The home inspector will note that a certain fixture is not working if its bulb is out. It may not be logical but in the inspector's eyes, it is.
- Windows - Are the windows operating smoothly? Try to open all the house's windows and see if they all open smoothly. If not, then you better check if they are painted shut. Repair that immediately because if the inspector sees that, he may think that all other windows have the same problem. Also, replace any damaged screens and make sure that other screens are working okay. You should also remove the window security screws or better yet provide a key for the security locks.
- Cooling and Heating Systems - Make sure that you can access the water heater and furnace. It is also a great idea to have a new filter for the furnace. Vacuum its register to impress the home inspector. This will be looked at for the building inspection and will be tested to see if its working. Make sure that your cooling and heating system not only looks good, but also performs well, too. See if there are some mold stains to prepare for the mold inspection as well.
- Roof, Attic, and Chimneys - The attic should be clear because this will be checked during the termite inspection. Prepare for the termite inspection by using an effective termite killer solution. The inspector will also see if the attic has any dampness, ventilation, insulation, or vapor problems. Make sure he won't see any problems during the mold inspection. Do that by fixing attic damages immediately. These costs are around $2,500, which can be cheaper than what you'll be required to pay if the building inspection finds your attic damaged. Meanwhile, for the roofs, check for any rotted wood. This is one of the most obvious parts of the house so make sure that it is in really good condition. Simply make sure that its base is watertight. The mortar and bricks should also be in good condition.
Include all these in your inspection checklist. Just make your house's condition is very impressive for the home inspection. Repainting and redesigning the house will do some magic also. It will be helpful as well to be as meticulous as you can and be objective when you do your own home inspection. You may consider hiring inspection services, too. But choose the professional who has undergone proper training.
Your house will surely pass the home inspection if it is genuinely in good condition, so never waste a chance to sell your home because there is damage that you can easily fix.