Selling your home? After the offers come in its time to get your home inspected and there are somethings to do know before that inspection. Your homes inspection can change a lot about the selling of your home. Home inspections can lead to price negotiations, repair requests and sometimes even loss of interest by the buyer.

While no one has a perfect home, there are some ways that you can prepare your home before the inspection to make sure that your home inspection only makes positive impacts on the sale of your home. The following is a list of 7 things that home inspectors look for right off the bat when inspecting a home.

Water Damage

Water damage is a big red flag for a buyer – with water damage comes leaks, structural damage, plumbing issues and even mold. Depending on the severity of the water damage in your home, you can often offer the buyer a credit towards the repair and negotiations can progress further after the inspection.

The Structure of Your Home

Our homes are our safety net, they protect us and give us structure. If the structure of your home is anything but strong, the buyer may severely rethink their offer. Starting with the foundation, if there are issues underneath the home there are bound to be issues within the walls of the home itself.

The following is a list of some ways you can tell if the structure of your home is worth questioning:

  • Any gaps between floors and walls
  • Cracks in walls or door frames
  • Bouncy or uneven floors
  • Nails coming out of walls
  • Bricks or stonework with cracks
  • Slanted front porch or stairs
  • Leaning or cracked chimney
  • Gaps around door frame and windows

Roof Damage

The roof of a home is just as important as its structure – without it there would be no protection for the home and those in it. The average roof can last up to 25 years but if a roof is not well kept with regular inspections, problems could arise.

A faulty roof could lead to leaks, pest infestations and structural damage. The following are some things to look out for when deciding if your roof needs repair or replacement:

  • Missing or loose shingles
  • Curled or buckled shingles
  • Lack of texture on shingles
  • Rusting or cracking on flashing
  • Algae growth
  • Unevenness or soft spots
  • Moisture within the ceiling or attic

Electrical System Problems

Electrical problems are within the top 5 forms of causes to home fires. The risk of electrical fires has increased exponentially over time and because of this your home inspector will thoroughly check your electrical systems throughout your homes inspection. If an electrical problem is found during your inspection it is important to reach out to your real estate agent and have them find an electrician to evaluate the issue.

The following are some examples of common electrical issues that your home inspector could find during your inspection:

  • Exposed splices and wiring
  • Undergrounded three-prong plugs
  • Circuit breakers double tapping
  • Painted outlets
  • Electrical panels that were not properly modified
  • Reversed polarity
  • Tube and knob wiring
  • Federal Pacific breaker panels
  • Knockouts in panels missing
  • No GFCI protection
  • Multiple neutral wires in a slot
  • Wiring against sharp edges

Plumbing Problems

The plumbing system you have in your home could impact not only your home inspection report but also your water bill. Things as simple as a leaky faucet or a running toilet can significantly run up your water bill.

The following are some plumbing issues that may not be visible but are very costly:

  • Polybutylene or Polyethylene piping
  • Galvanized pipes
  • Rusty or broken pipes
  • Running toilets
  • Hidden leaks
  • Clogged sewer lines
  • High water pressure
  • Broken Thermostat
  • Sediment builds up

Infestations: Pest and Insect

Insect and pest infestations can deteriorate all of the parts of your home that are listed above. From wood, to carpet, piping, and drywall, infestations are a big no when it comes to home inspections. Aside from the damage a few of these pest or insects can make, imagine if they are reproducing. It is more than likely that if you’ve found one, then there are more to follow.

If an infestation is found by an inspector there are a couple different levels to this scenario. If they are causing mass amounts of damage to the structure of the home, then fundamental parts of your home like the foundation, roofing or walls will need replacing, although if few are found and their damage is not severe to the home, the inspector will likely advise that an exterminator comes out and diminishes the problem within the home.

HVAC Systems

A homes HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) is essential. These systems require regular maintaining and if that is not kept up with the system could suffer from various issues. The air quality within a home is very important and as a buyer, they will want to be assured that they won’t be burdened with a broken AC system when the home is sold.

Your home inspector will check to make sure that the HVAC system is running properly by putting it through a various number of tests and will make sure its basic functions are operating correctly. Some red flags to watch out for are:

  • Dirty air filters
  • Opened seams in slopes or flues up to the chimney connection
  • Rusting around the unit
  • Combustion gas order
  • Cracked ductwork
  • Asbestos

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