Pre-Inspection Guide

DIY Pre-Inspection Guide

Everyone buys a new home at some point in their life but the real fear lies in whether or not a home will pass its inspection. It’s something that has to be done in order to be approved by any bank or loan provider and honestly doesn’t have to be a huge headache for anyone. With the right knowledge, anyone can pass a home inspection. In fact, by going through a checklist, you can identify potential problems in advance and alert the seller of your findings.

In fact, by going through a checklist, you can identify potential problems in advance and alert the seller of your findings.

Inspection Steps

When conducting a pre-inspection, it’s always best to setup a system like they suggest in This Old House.  The practice of going from one area of the home to the next is important as this system makes it hard to miss potential problems with the property.

Some of the most important areas to look at are:

  • Exterior – This might seem like something natural to do, but it’s quite important.  When doing an exterior inspection make sure to look at everything including the driveway and the foundation to insure all the cracks are sealed.  Check the deck to make sure it’s secure and there are no loose boards.  You’ll also want to see if all lights and exterior items are clean and well-maintained.
  • Interior – Start with the basement of the home if there is one and work your way up to the attic. Check walls, outlets, and light switches.  Make sure there are no cracks and if there are any seal them up.  Make sure to note if there are any handles which are sticking or broken, and also check on any loose floor tiles, light bulbs, or any exposed nails and get them fixed.  Clear the attic, garage, crawlspace, and basement of debris paying special attention to damaged and stained areas.  If you can’t do-it-yourself, get these things fixed by a professional as soon as possible.
  • Systems – Once everything else has been looked at, it’s time to get to the internal things such as plumbing, wiring, and ducts.   Check for leaky pipes and see if the water heater is working properly and has been serviced recently.  Check wiring as this has been a known problem when it comes to a home inspection.  Make sure when working with electricity to have a professional service come in and do it for you if it’s more than changing out outlet covers.  If your home has a central heating and air system, check and clean vents and filters.  Look for any cracks or leaks around the water heater the pipes coming into the home and make sure that anything that is found is repaired.

Save Time and Money

When considering selling a home, it’s worth the time to do a DIY inspection of your own.  Not only will this allow things to be found that usually would get looked over, but also gives you the opportunity to fix them in a timely manner.  Sometimes, the smallest issues become the most costly ones to fix down the road.  So taking the time to see what needs repaired and taking the time to replace or revamp them will mean more money in your pocket when selling the home.

Get Better Results

If things around the home have been checked using the tips listed above, the home inspector might not find anything that needs addition repair or replacement.  Then again, they might something, but it could be a lot smaller than before and not cost nearly as much.  This means that you might sell the home much quicker than you thought and for a higher price.  It never hurts to do a DIY home inspection as it can be beneficial even if you’re not selling your home because preventative maintenance can help for years down the road.

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