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Preparing Your Home for Inspection

Image of an illustration stating "Preparing Your Home for Inspection."You’ve accepted an offer on your home, signed the paperwork, and are so close to finalizing the sale of your home. A satisfactory home inspection is typically one of the last hurdles in the process. Not taking the time to ensure a smooth home inspection could cost you. Our team has helped hundreds of Tuscaloosa families prepare for their home inspections, and here’s what we’ve learned:

  • Remove grade or mulch from contact with siding leaving six or more inches of clearance.
  • Clean out dirty gutters or debris from the roof.
  • Divert all water away from house, i.e. downspouts, sump pump, condensation drain, etc. Clean out basement entry drains.
  • Trim trees, roots, and bushes back from foundation, roof, siding, and chimney.
  • Paint all weathered exterior wood.
  • Clean or replace HVAC filter. Clean dirty air returns and plenum.
  • Test all smoke detectors.
  • Get all windows and doors in proper operating condition. Put all plumbing fixtures including the toilet, tub, shower, and sinks in proper working condition. Look for any leaks.
  • Install ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) receptacles near all water sources, and test all present GFCI receptacles for proper operation.
  • Replace any burned out light bulbs.
  • Remove rotting wood and firewood from contact with house.
  • Install proper vapor barrier in crawlspace if moisture is present, and remove any visible moisture.
  • Caulk all tub/shower fixtures, along tub/floor, tub/walls, and tub/shower/glass doors.
  • Check that toilets are secure to the floor.
  • Replace rotten wood on exterior door trim, fascia boards, or exterior siding.
  • Have clear access to all attic, crawlspace, heat systems, garage, and other areas that will need to be inspected.
  • If the house is vacant, be sure all utilities are turned on: water, electric, water heater, furnace/air conditioning, breakers in main panel.

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