A checklist of things a Seller can do before the home inspector arrives

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with DMK Real Estate & Property Mgmt Ct RE Broker 0789963

Thanks Russel, here is a great list that every Realtor should have for sellers before putting their home on the market. Once again it is all about maintaining your home while you live it which results in less work needed for major repair, easier to sell when your ready and an all around safer home to live in.

Call Russel Ray for all your home inspection needsCall Russel Ray for all your home inspection needs


A checklist of things a Seller can do
before the home inspector arrives

Doing as much as possible before the Buyer's property inspection helps ensure that escrow goes more smoothly. Following is my "checklist" of items often found during the course of a property inspection that a Seller could do or could easily hire a general handyperson to do.


OUTSIDE

  • Check that doorbells work.
  • Check for missing roof shingles.
  • Check for loose/damaged/clogged gutters/downspouts.
  • Check attic ventilation and condition of vent screens.
  • Check to see if there is standing water, especially near the foundation, after irrigation or rainfall.
  • Check for cracks in foundation walls.
  • Check structure (including attic and foundation crawl space) for pests (termites, wasps, spiders, nests, etc.).
  • Check exterior weatherproofing (stain, paint, etc.).
  • Check for any wood in direct contact with soil, including fences and gates.
  • Check for loose wiring (electric, cable, phone) and poor wire terminations.
  • Check for holes and damage to siding, doors, windows, and trim so that structure is weatherproof.
  • Check condition of fences or gates (leaning, damaged).
  • Check that any exterior outlets are weatherproofed and not in permanent use for any landscape lighting.
  • Check condition of landscape components (retaining walls, landscaper timbers, etc.).
  • Check for overgrown vegetation, especially in walkways; growing on siding, roof, chimney, fences, or in gutters; or too close to utility lines.
  • Check for trip hazards in walkways, driveways, and stairways (deterioration, vegetation, etc.)
  • Check for loose, missing, or rusted guardrails and handrails at stairways, decks, balconies, and porches.
  • Check that landscape lighting/irrigation systems work, and that sprinklers don't spray on fences or buildings.
  • Check condition of pool and spa, and related equipment and utilities.
  • Check that ponds, fountains, and waterfalls, and related utilities, work properly and are protected from children.


PLUMBING

  • Check that seismic straps are on the water heater.
  • Check that stoppers work in bathtubs and sinks.
  • Check for clogged drains.
  • Check that toilet seat bolts and screws are tight.
  • Check that faucets don't drip or leak around the base.
  • Check stop action on faucet handles.
  • Check condition of caulk/grout in bathtubs/showers.
  • Check insulation on water pipes in foundation crawl space and attic.
  • Check for safe and easy access to water shutoff valves (street curb, water heater, sinks, toilets, etc.).
  • Check for safe and easy access to any gas shutoff valves (meter, furnace, water heater, etc.).
  • Check for loose toilets and loose toilet tanks.


ELECTRICAL

  • Check for safe and easy access to electric panels and main circuit breaker.
  • Check that ceiling fans work on all speeds.
  • Check for burned out lights, including ceiling fans.
  • Check for damaged or loose outlets and light switches, including covers for outlets and switches.
  • Check for unplugged appliances, and unplug anything that is unnecessary to facilitate outlet testing by the Buyer's property inspector.
  • Remove extension cords and outlet multipliers.
  • Check that outlets work.
  • Check for outdated two-prong outlets and upgrade them to three-prong outlets.
  • Check for properly working GFCI outlets in kitchen, bathrooms, garage, and exterior.
  • Check that exhaust fans work in kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry area.
  • Check that any electrical junction boxes have covers.


INSIDE

  • Check condition of towel holders and tissue holders.
  • Check condition of bathtubs, showers, and shower doors, and replace old shower curtains.
  • Check that safety seal shows on floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors.
  • Check that carbon monoxide alarms work.
  • Check that smoke alarms work, and that they are present on each floor of multi-story houses.
  • Check for loose kitchen and bathroom countertops.
  • Check ease of operation for doors (including closet doors and cabinet doors), drawers, and windows, including windows nailed or painted shut.
  • Check for missing, loose, or damaged hardware on doors (including closet doors and cabinet doors), drawers (stops and guides), and windows.
  • Check for loose glass panes in windows and doors, as well as glass with holes or cracks in them.
  • Check that latches/locks work on doors (including closet doors and cabinet doors), drawers, and windows.
  • Check for damage to screen windows.
  • Remove excessive storage (closets, attic, garage).
  • Check for damage to walls and ceilings that need to be patched and painted.
  • Check for moisture stains on ceilings and walls; around doors and windows; near sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and showers; and near the dishwasher.
  • Check for loose, missing, or damaged guardrails and handrails in stairways.
  • Check for loose, broken or missing baseboards and door and window moldings.
  • Check for cracked tiles or deteriorated grouting in kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Check that kitchen appliances work.
  • Check that an anti-tip device is installed on the range.


MISCELLANEOUS

  • Let dogs and cats vacation for a few hours with a family member, friend, or at a pet spa. Check that other pets (birds, snakes, rodents, etc.) are caged.
  • Certain items should be inspected annually due to their inherently dangerous nature. These include gas-using appliances, pool/spa equipment, roof, and the fireplace and chimney. If they have not been inspected within the last 12 months, having it done now can make escrow go more smoothly.
  • Check that filters are in place and clean (kitchen range hood, heating/cooling, bathroom fans, etc.).
  • Check for soot, cobwebs, and wildlife in the fireplace and lower areas of the chimney.
  • The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends that the fireplace and chimney undergo a Level II inspection any time real estate ownership is transferred, and I recommend having that done prior to the Buyer's inspection.
  • Check that the fireplace damper opens/closes easily.
  • Check for manufacturer installation guides, operating instructions, or user guides that you can provide to the buyer, especially for kitchen appliances; heating and cooling system; water heater; security, irrigation, fire suppression, central cleaning, and water modification systems; water well; and septic system.
  • Many property inspectors exclude inspection and testing of some specialized systems, such as security and irrigation systems. Once you get the Buyer's inspection report, note what the Inspector did and did not do or could and could not do. Offer to meet with the Buyer to demonstrate how those systems are operated and maintained, and provide the contact information for any companies that regularly service the systems.
  • Check for receipts and warranty papers for any work done on the property, particularly for inspections and work done to prepare the property for sale.

Readers should feel free to reblog this or even to copy it, reformat it, and print it to use in your own businesses. It's always been one of my most useful flyers.

Need an inexpensive photo? Try RusselRayPhotos.com!


Try RusselRayPhotos.com for inexpensive, royalty-free photos.

Twenty recent posts

  1. Real estate lawsuits, Part 9: You just never know
  2. Flower Fiesta #20 — Happy Labor Day Weekend!
  3. A piece missing — Sometimes it starts even before school!
  4. Nature handbook — Just because I fish doesn't mean I like to get wet
  5. Nature handbook — I AM King of the Jungle
  6. San Diego home inspections — Should I turn off the gas, electricity, and water when I evacuate?
  7. San Diego home inspections — Should I disclose or keep my mouth shut?
  8. Real estate lawsuits, Part 8: There's a reason for transfer disclosure forms
  9. Fun with Russel Ray — One benefit of blogging at ActiveRain
  10. Nature handbook — Not exactly my kind of bath
  11. Nature handbook — Just give me a little food and love, and I'll do whatever you want
  12. Nature handbook — Don't I look huggable?
  13. Nature handbook — Are we not just as cute as our meerkat cousins?
  14. Fun with Russel Ray — HELP! I'm stuck on a bad number!
  15. Nature handbook — It was too early for her to be laughing at me!
  16. Nature handbook — Sunny San Diego is perfect for them!
  17. Nature handbook — Can you identify this creature?
  18. Anyone have any recommendations on bicycles?
  19. Nature handbook — Do cute and happy animals make you happy?
  20. The latest in high profile celebrity mold lawsuits

Subscribe to my blog

My Favorite ActiveRain Groups

ActiveRan Travel Station
ActiveRain Convention Station
ActiveRain Guerrilla Marketing Station
ActiveRain Library Station
ActiveRain History Station
ActiveRain Nature Station
ActiveRain Symphony Station

Posted by

 

 

 

 

 

 

DMK Property Management, Darien, Ct.

 

David A. Popoff ~ Licensed Connecticut Realtor ~ LEED AP Homes accredited ~ Cell (203) 228-0646 ~

 ~ www.DMKrealestate.com ~ DavidPopoffCt@Hotmail.com ~ http://davidpopoffct.wordpress.com/ ~

 

Facebook    Twitter    Linked in

 

 

 

  AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS

click on logo to go to website

 

                                           

                      

 

 

 

Find David Popoff Ct on Google+
close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Groups:
Connecticut Club
Connecticut Professionals
New England Professionals
William Raveis

Anonymous
Post a Comment
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the sunglasses to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the chair to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Show All Comments
Rainmaker
141,751
Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Homes & Condos For Sale
Illustrated Properties Daytona Fl 386.299.8291 - Daytona Beach, FL
Real Estate Agent / Daytona Beach FL

Thanks for putting together a very comprehensive list.  I'm printing this out to use in the future!

Sep 08, 2010 09:08 AM #1
Anonymous
Post a Comment
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the pants to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Show All Comments
Rainmaker
598,264

David Popoff

Realtor & Property Manager, Fairfield County, Ct.
Need Help? Ask me a question.
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the man to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Additional Information