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How to Get Through the Home Inspection

Posted by The Paramount Team on June 30, 2016
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The home inspection is one of the major barriers to selling your home, and once you’re at this stage of the game, you’re probably very ready for the process to be over. The good news is, we’ve got everything you need to know about nailing the home inspection, and once you know all this, the inspection will be a breeze.

What Happens During a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is designed to get a clear evaluation of the condition of your home so that the buyer knows exactly what they are purchasing before the final papers are signed. It includes:

  • A complete physical exam of the functionality and overall safety of a home and the general integrity of your property
  • Evaluation of
    • Foundation
    • Roofing
    • Framing
    • Site Drainage
    • Attic
    • Heating
    • Electrical System
    • Plumbing
    • Chimneys
    • Patio
    • Pavement
    • Stairs
    • Doors
    • Windows
    • Walls
    • Ceilings
    • Floors etc.
  • A detailed written report is generated documenting any and all defects in the building and at the end of the inspection, the inspector will also let everyone who attends the inspection know about his findings

What is the purpose of a home inspection?

The information that comes from this inspection lets the home buyers make an educated decision about a home purchase. The issues on the property can determine whether or not the buyers complete the transaction at all or ask the seller to make repairs. The inspection also alerts the seller to potential problems with the property and whether or not to make repairs before seeking a buyer. The information is just as helpful to the seller as it is the buyer.

What Should You Do to Prepare My Home for an Inspection?

There are lots of different ways that you can prepare your home for inspection. The most basic is to replace any broken or damaged parts of your home. Whether it’s cracked asphalt in the driveway, caulking cracks in the walls, or replacing burnt out lightbulbs. But there are more in depth preparations you can do:

  • Remove mulch or grade from contact with the siding of your house
  • Clean out dirty gutters or debris from roof
  • Paint weathered exterior wood and caulk around the trim, chimney, windows, and doors
  • Seal asphalt driveways
  • Test all smoke detectors if none is present
  • Make sure that all doors and windows are in proper working order
  • Make sure that all plumbing fixtures- showers, sinks, tubs, toilets- are working properly
  • Replace any rotting wood on the exterior

How Should I Deal with My Home Being Expected?

  • Research the inspector- You want a licensed home inspector with inspector. Do your research about who you’re dealing with and how you can help the inspection go well.
  • Attend the Inspection- You want to know what you’re dealing with as far as flaws with your property goes. Being there will help you get the clearest picture possible of what you might need to deal with.
  • Read the Inspection report- You want to know exactly what you need to fix or consider when it comes to your home. So reading the report is a pretty good first step.
  • Get a Pre-Sale Inspection- Getting an inspection before you try to sell your house is crucial. That way you can fix what might be broken before it becomes an issue with the buyer.
  • Prep your home- Make sure that your home is presentable- clean, repaired, and in working order, as much as possible.

Home inspections are one of the key stepping stones to selling your home and it is important to take them seriously and prepare as much as possible. Like going to the dentist, it’s never fun, but it’s for the greater good. You don’t go to the dentist, your teeth rot out and you can’t do things like eat chocolate cake. Which is so much worse than going to the dentist. Likewise, getting your home inspected, and going through the headache of getting that done is never going to be fun. But in the end, it allows you to sell your home, and that’s the goal. So go to your dentist, get your home inspected, and then go eat your chocolate cake.

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