When your home is on the market, you’ve got a million things on your mind. Though adding maintenance items to your list is likely the last thing you want to hear, preparing for a home inspection by making repairs ahead of time can help reduce buyer requests when negotiating. This list of things to fix before your home inspection can help guide you in the right direction.
Don’t let the roof raise doubts! From secret animal residents, to loose shingles, to overstuffed gutters, take good care of your roof. You may need to replace some shingles—or the whole roof. The roof can be one of the biggest deal breakers for home buyers.
You may have noticed the signs of a failing or struggling electrical system. If dimming lights or flickering bulbs ring a bell, your electrical system likely needs some repairing. And don’t hesitate to have a professional inspect it too, so you can truly understand what work you need completed. Not to mention, this could pose a safety issue as well—so you should cover all your bases.
How old is your HVAC system? Usually, they need replacement after 12 to 15 years. Have a qualified professional check on yours—and tell you if it needs repairs or replacements. Otherwise, buyers can—and will—negotiate a huge chunk off of your asking price. You may only end up having to replace a filter, but thinking ahead can save you a pretty penny.
This is one of the things to fix before your home inspection that you just can’t neglect. It may not be glamourous, but it is crucial. From leaks to blockage, ensure your plumbing runs smoothly. You’ll thank your past self—and the money you’ve saved—if you catch an issue you need to fix.
Their whole job is to save lives! So, you want them working well. Check your smoke detectors—even if you just did recently. Trust us, this step matters!
Cracks or gaps in windows, doors, and siding
It’s not cold yet—but it will be soon. Don’t let that icy air—or bugs, or water—sneak in. Instead, inspect your home for cracks or gaps. Then, seal them properly.
Maybe you have a slightly loose floorboard in the living room. Perhaps you’ve got a built-in with a leaning shelf. Or a cabinet that hangs slightly wrong. These little things can cost you big money! If you see small problems, take care of them yourself instead of letting them all add up.
We know—it’s easy to get swept up in the rush. Still, you need to stay grounded—and knowing about these things to fix before your home inspection can help. That way, you can truly ensure smooth sailing. And, you can keep your home’s value intact too!
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