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Preparing for a Home Inspection

February 20th, 2009

Before a potential buyer conducts a home inspection of your property, you have to make sure that the property is well-prepared. Any problem found on your home can be used as a means to slash some amount off the selling price and you would not want that. Your property must be in good form in order for you to sell it at your desired price.

Plumbing System
Before a home inspector walks through the house, you must have all leaks and clogs fixed. The inspector might check for clogs and leaks by testing appliances like the dishwasher. Even the water pressure will be checked by simultaneously using faucets and toilet flush. You also have to make sure that your septic system is working well.

Electrical System
Another area that is always checked during home inspection is the electrical system. The electrical panel and the configuration of the circuit breaker must be sufficient to satisfy the needs of the home. In most houses, an electrical panel with 125 amps works best. Also, remember that individual circuits must not be overloaded.

Bathrooms and kitchens should have ground fault circuit interrupters. The receptacles are supposed to function well. They have test-reset buttons that the home inspector will most likely use to make sure they are really functioning.

Heating and Air Conditioning Systems

Home inspectors are likely to check every appliance in your home. They will make sure that the air conditioning and heating systems of your property work properly and efficiently. They will closely check structure and foundation. Condition of smoke detectors is also likely to be found in a home inspection report.

Tips on Preparing for a Home Inspection

  • Before planning on selling your property, make sure everything is in good shape. If not, work on them. However, keep in mind that no property is without flaws. Home inspectors might see some of them and mention them in the home inspection report. In such case, do not be easily discouraged.
  • Study your contract. It is where you can find the list of systems that have to be working well prior to closing.
  • It may also be stated in the contract that you are not obliged to fix the home problems. However, it can be a cause for your buyer to withdraw. Whatever decisions you come up with, be sure they are reasonable.

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