House inspection is the equal responsibility of homeowners as it is for the buyers of the house. A seller with “A” house inspection report in hand gets more potential buyers, and the house is sold faster.
As a homeowner, the seller must find prominent issues in their property and repair them accordingly before putting the house on the market. If the house requires lots of maintenance, it can devalue the property at the sale. Once you have decided to put your house for sale to generate some revenue, it is time to get your house inspected.
After house inspection, you can go for necessary repairs in your budget so the house can be sold at reasonable rates. Here in this article, we have gathered a list of required things for the home inspection. So let’s get started:
Why is a Home inspection necessary?
You should go for a home inspection because it makes the buying and selling process easy. The seller can get the home inspected by the team or themselves and list all the issues. Afterward, they can easily resolve the matter to the maximum budget.
It is pertinent to note that you do not need to spend bulks of money on the house. Major repairs and maintenance are necessary so the house can be sold at market price.
You can show the report to the buyers. It will provide the right impression on the buyers and be a good source of negotiation for house prices. So let’s see what you can do for a home inspection as a seller.
Start from exteriors:
Start from exteriors and begin with lawn check that;
- Look for any standing water and sewage system
- Make sure trees and shrubs are properly trimmed.
- There should be no cracks in the walkways. It might be no big deal for you, but buyers might ask you to repair or replace them before possession of the house.
Check land overall:
While checking exteriors, have a keen eye on the following things:
- Make sure that drainage must be away from the house.
- Check that there is no evidence of standing water on the ground.
- Landscaping and lawn should be in good condition.
- Make sure that trees and branches are not covering the roof.
- The structure of the house looks fine from the outside
- There should be no rotten woods outside the home.
Inspection for the structure:
Structure inspection is a “Must.” Structure checking includes:
- Checking foundation and framing of the house
- Ensuring that the structure is sound and reasonable according to the environment.
Check Doors and windows:
- You can make sure following things for windows and doors:
- Wooden frames are not decayed and secure
- Window glasses are not broken.
- There are no scratches on the window glasses.
- Doors and windows are built with good quality material to withstand weather harshness.
Inspection of roof:
Seeping is the most common problem of roofs. It often happens on flat roofs which collect water. If possible, try that you have sloped roofs. But if you do not have the sloped ceilings, you might have an issue of seeping, missing, and damaged shingles to resolve.
There are several rooms in the house considered while buying or selling a property. In rooms, you need to take care of issues like:
- Damage in rooms
- Cracks in ceilings
- Walls, ceilings, and floors appear straight
- Floors, walls, and ceilings appear straight
- If possible, get a fresh coat of paint
- Light switches operate properly.
- There are no cracks in the ceilings
- Wallcoverings are good.
The next thing on the list for interior inspection is the kitchen. Take note of the following things particularly:
- No leakage in pipes under the sink
- The floor under the sink is solid with no signs of decay and stains
- Water flow in the sink is good
- No excessive rust in the waste pipes
- Cabinets are working in good conditions
- Built-in appliances are working fine
- Drawers and doors open and close without issue
In bathrooms, you should check
- Water flow and pressure in all fixtures
- Drainage is fine in shower and sinks
- The toilet is in working condition
- There are no stains on the floor and around the shower area
- There are no leaking pipelines
Moist and Mold:
Check for stained walls due to moisture, fungus, and molds. If there is any water seeping, resolve the issue.
There should be no exposed wiring in any part of the house. If there are any, immediately cover it as it can be dangerous and give the buyers the wrong impression.
Check for clogged gutters:
A clogged sewerage system means standing water, smell, and overflowing in the street. You should be aware of warning signs like house drain will overflow until the problem is resolved. Slow drainage is also an indication of clogged gutters and pipes.
Once you have inspected the house, please list all the issues and resolve them accordingly. It might cost you a fortune, but you can get more profit at the time of sale. Fix a budget and do all the repairs to it. A little effort on time can make you extra dollars from your real estate.