If you are in the process of selling your home then you can expect that a home inspection will take place before you close the deal. Americas Choice Inspections understands that a home inspection may seem a bit daunting for any homeowner, as their mind wanders through all the possible findings. While there is no such thing as passing or failing an inspection, the fewer issues that are found the better. Here are six things you can do to prepare your home for an inspection.
1. Check Batteries in Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Since you know a home inspector will check these, you should make sure they are working. It’s a good idea to go ahead and replace batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors unless you have already done so in the last six months.
2. Check Your Plumbing for Leaks
Most homeowners probably aren’t living with active plumbing leaks, but you should check all of your faucets and showerheads for minor leaks you may have missed. Small leaks can usually be repaired for a small cost. If you have a major leak, repairing it before the inspection means that you are having it repaired on your terms and in your timeframe.
3. Test Your GFCI Outlets
You can purchase an inexpensive GFCI tester at a hardware store and check your outlets to ensure they trip and then reset as they are supposed to. One of the most common issues that home inspectors find is GFCI outlets that no longer work properly because they can go bad and fail to trip over time.
4. Replace Any Lightbulbs That Are Out
Perhaps you have a lightbulb or two that have burned out and you never got around to replacing them. Before a home inspection would be a good time to do just that. This is a small thing that can keep your home inspection moving along. Otherwise, the inspector may have to stop and investigate what he sees as a potential electrical issue.
5. Service Your HVAC System
You should have your heating and cooling system cleaned and serviced by a licensed HVAC contractor. They need to check refrigerant levels, clean coils, change air filters, and change thermostat batteries. This needs to have been done in the last 12 months prior to the inspection, and don’t forget to have the paperwork available for the inspector.
6. Gather Your Important Paperwork
If you’ve had any major repairs or renovations completed on your home then the inspector will need to see any associated documentation. Have any building permits, plans, invoices, or warranties ready before your home inspection. The more paperwork you give them the better.
Schedule Your Home Inspection
Americas Choice Inspections will take away any unknown factors as to the condition of your property. Contact us today at (888) 551-3831 to schedule a home inspection in the Charlotte, Triad, or Triangle area. Our experienced inspectors are licensed by the states of North and South Carolina and receive ongoing training and education.