January 19, 2016 2:55 am
For insight and answers, we turned to the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI), who've outlined many steps you can take before your pre-listing inspection—and most can be done at little or no cost to you. These include:
- Removing grade or mulch from contact with siding; six or more inches of clearance is preferred.
- Diverting all water away from the house, i.e. downspouts, sump pump, condensation drains, etc.; grade should slope away from the structure.
- Painting all weathered exterior wood and caulk around trim, chimney, windows and doors.
- Sealing asphalt driveways, if cracking, and pointing up masonry chimney caps.
- Cleaning or replacing the HVAC filter.
- Testing all smoke detectors to ensure they are in safe working condition.
- Having the chimney, fireplace or wood stove cleaned and providing the buyer with a copy of the cleaning record.
- Ensuring that all doors and windows are in proper operating condition, including repairing or replacing any cracked window panes.
- Ensuring that all plumbing fixtures (toilet, tub, shower, and sinks) are in proper working condition; checking for and fixing any leaks; caulking around fixtures if necessary.
- Installing GFCI receptacles near all water sources.
- Checking to ensure that the crawlspace is dry, installing a proper vapor barrier if necessary, and removing any visible moisture from a crawlspace.
- Checking that bath vents are properly vented and in working condition.
- Removing paints, solvents, gas, etc., from crawlspace, basement, attic, porch, etc.
- Having clear access to attic, crawlspace, heating system, garage and other areas that will need to be inspected.
- Turning on all utilities, including water, electric, water heater, furnace, air conditioning and breaks in the main panel.
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