House Call: What to Inspect Before Inspection

by Guest Author on August 28, 2013


Whether you are looking to list your home for sale in the near future, or have already done so, the fact remains that you will most likely need to have a home inspection done at some point before you officially sell your home. After all, most buyers these days will insist on spending the extra few hundred dollars to hire an inspector before they decide to invest tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars on the home itself. While a looming inspection can be stressful, the good news is that there are some basic steps you can take to prepare your home for the inspection.

Re-install Stairway Hand Rails

Many home owners remove hand rails from the stairwells in their homes as a way of improving the overall look, and creating more space. However, if your home’s stair cases do not have hand rails, this is a red flag that an inspector will force you to change before the new home owners move in. Take care of this ahead of time and install hand rails yourself. It is easy to find ways to do this project yourself at local hardware stores.

Fix Any Leaks

If you know that you have a dripping faucet or leaky pipes, consider fixing these yourself and saving yourself the hassle and money of having to call a plumber out after the inspection. After all, leaks are something that inspectors will not overlook. You can try simply tightening the pipes that are leaking, or even patching up any holes or corrosion that have been causing leaks.

Have an Energy Assessment Done

A home energy assessment can end up being a great selling point for you down the road. Such an assessment will look at your home’s overall energy efficiency based on your windows, insulation, furnace, air conditioning units, and more. You can have improvements done based on your assessment results and then turn around and advertise your home as being energy efficient. You may even want to consider posting the results of your energy assessment as a way of enticing the seller, who will be happy to see a home and a seller who care about his or her future energy costs.

There are a number of small and relatively inexpensive preparations that you can make to get your home ready for an inspection. And while you cannot expect the report to come back perfect, taking good care of your home can make all the difference.

Article and insights provided by Brooke Chaplan.


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