Pre-Listing Home Inspection List
- CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS. This is a standard overlooked detail that can end up being a hassle later on. DON’T GET DOCKED FOR SUCH A SIMPLE YARD WORK CHORE.
- If your FURNACE is over 15 years old, you will need to spend the $100 it costs to have it serviced and cleaned. SALOMON explains, “THEN MAKE A COPY AND PUT IN A ZIPLOCK BAGA AND TAPE IT TO YOUR FURNACE.” “HOME INSPECTORS KNOW HOW TO CALL OUT A PROBLEM, EVEN IF THERE IS NOT A PROBLEM. To eliminate the uncertainty, you can put the PROOF up.
- TAKE CARE OF DRAINAGE IN THE LANDSCAPE AROUND THE HOUSE. YOU DON’T WANT TO FLOOD THE BASEMENT, SO GET SOME DIRT AND TOSS IT INTO THE WHEELBARROW, AND LEVEL OUT THE SLOPES.
- REINSTALL ALL HANDRAILS. Many people remove the HANDRAILS from their staircases, but you want to put them back when you move out, and the HOME INSPECTOR will insist on it.
- CHECK THE CONDITION OF YOUR ROOF TO SURE IT IS SAFE. IF YOU WANT THINGS TO LOOK NORMAL, YOU NEED SOME MAINTENANCE HELP.
- CONFIRM THE AUTO-REVERSE AT THE ARAGE DOOR OPENER. A SAFETY RELEASE IS REQUIRED.
- This sounds funny, but make sure that all toilets are adequately flushed. “YOU’D BE SURPRISED HOW MANY PEOPLE FORGET ABOUT FLUSHING THE TOILET IN THE ‘OTHER BATHROOM,’ OR GUEST ROOM,” SAYS SALOMON. “YOU DO NOT WANT THINGS
to POP UP.”
- INSPECT YOUR SINK AND BATHTUB DRAINS. It would help if you had a FUNCTIONAL DRAIN and NOT a slow DRAIN. THE HOME INSPECTOR will fill up your tub and watch for what happens. DRESS ANY HAIR AND ADD DRANO IF NECESSARY.
- If you can, take care of any leaks.
- INSPECT YOUR WINDOWS. OPEN AND CLOSE EACH HUNG WINDOW – ESPECIALLY THE ONES THAT GO UP AND DOWN TO MAKE SURE THE SPRINGS ARE IN PLACE AND THE WINDOWS WON’T SLAM DOWN.
- FIX ANY DETERIORATED PAINT JOBS.
- TEST THE DISHWASHER & WASHING MACHINE, AS WELL AS ANY OTHER APPLIANCES. You want everything to work correctly so there are no surprises.
- Understanding the realities of home ownership. Homeownership is a responsibility. You will not only have to pay for repairs, but you will also have to take care of landscaping, lawn mowing, and gardening, which apartment dwellers do not have to worry about. You can’t just move in and out of your house.
- It is assumed that property values will continue to rise: For a long time, your house was believed to be a way to instant wealth. Many homeowners were shocked when the 2008/2009 real estate bubble burst.
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