15 Step Checklist to Prepare Your Home for Inspection
1) Furnace & A/C: If your furnace has not been tuned up with in the last year have an HVAC professional service the system as part of general maintenance.
2) Plumbing: If your water heater is over 10 years old have a plumber flush and certify proper function. Fully disclose if there is any galvanized or polybutelene water pipes.
3) Roof: Have your roof inspected if more than four years old. If your roof is more than 5 years old have it inspected and certified by a qualified roofing contractor.
4) Electrical: Verify all wet areas have GFCI protected outlets, exterior outlets covered, no exposed wire splices in garage and attic area.
5) Smoke Detectors: Verify all smoke detectors are functioning. Replace any smoke detectors mor than 10 years old.
6) Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Make sure the is a working carbon monoxide detector within 15 feet of any bedrooms.
7) Windows: Verify all windows have no glass defects, open and close properly, latch and have window screens.
8) Fireplace: Wood burning fireplaces should be cleaned and inspected by a qualified contractor. Gas fireplaces should be working, pilot light on and fireplace lights.
9) Bathrooms: Verify toilets are tight to the floor and don’t continue to run after flushing, no leaks under the sink, stoppers working, tub and shower surrounds are properly grouted and caulked.
10) Kitchen: All appliances function properly, Disposal working, no leaks under sink.
11) Exterior: Paint any exposed wood siding or trim, Replace any rotted trim.
12) Deck: Make sure there is no wood rot, secure any loose railings, Paint as needed for VA loans.
13) Structure: Check visible areas of the foundation for cracks. And diagonal cracks above windows and doors. Any cracks wider than the width of a quarter should be evaluated by structural contractor.
14) Garage: Make sure the safety reverse system of the door opener functions properly, disconnect door from opener and verify the door opens easily and stays open when all the way up. If not; have a qualified contractor make the needed repairs. Never attempt any repairs yourself!
15) Lots and Grounds: Remove any dead trees, trim tree limbs that overhang onto the roof, Back fill any low areas around the foundation, repair any trip hazards more than an inch at the driveway, walks and patio.
NOTE: The above are recommendations to help prevent any delays or surprises in the sales process. Every home is different depending on age, style and type of construction. Trust your realtor to advise you regarding small repairs to improve curb appeal and buyer interest.
This checklist was provided By True Check Home Inspection.