When you need to have your home inspected either because you are selling your home or for basic maintenance, there are a few ways you can prepare your house to avoid an unnecessary negative report on the home. You may be surprised what a home inspector will find during an inspection. A home inspector’s job is to create a detailed report of the home and its flaws, many of which can be avoided with a little maintenance before the home inspector arrives. To better help you prepare your home for a home inspector and for a cleaner report, JMark Inspections will share how to prepare for a home inspector’s visit.
Clean Gutters & Downspouts
Most homes will have an excellent exterior that has been well kept. However, one area that often gets forgotten is the gutter and downspouts. The home’s gutter system will reflect the overall care of the home and its roof. When a home inspector discovers clogged gutters and downspouts this will cause some alarm. Clogged gutters and downspouts will be documented and that can affect the appeal of the home. By being proactive and cleaning out the gutters and downspouts before the home inspector arrives, the home inspector will have a more favorable report. A properly maintained gutter and downspout will prevent major roofing problems. As a home owner, never forget to clean out your gutter system and the downspouts.
Fix Plumbing Leaks
There are many aspects to a home’s plumbing system that a home inspector will cover. In the home you have the piping system, water connection points, plumbing fixtures, irrigation, and more. As a homeowner you will want to maintain your home’s plumbing system. Although you may not have a broken pipe or other major plumbing problems, the little issues can pile up. Some plumbing problems that a home inspector will notice is a dripping faucet. A dripping or leaking faucet is a major source of water waste, and even a slight drip can add up. Plumbing based appliances are also tested. Many homeowner are taken off guard when the garbage disposal is not working. Before scheduling a home inspector make sure to look over all of the fixtures such as faucets, shower heads and toilets. Make sure they are not leaking and that they function properly. Check all appliances that are connected to the plumbing system. This can include refrigerator, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and washing machine. Outside the home make sure the irrigation system works and that there are no leaks or puddling.
Check & Clean Chimney Flue
Another aspect of a home the inspector will check is the chimney flue. This one can take homeowners back, as many never think to have their chimney flue cleaned. However, the chimney and its flue work in conjunction with the HVAC system and primarily the furnace. The gas emissions created during the heating process requires ventilation points. When a chimney is present it is utilized. If the chimney flue becomes blocked or clogged the carbon monoxide can be pushed into the home creating a hazardous situation. Even though homes have been outstandingly maintained, a blocked chimney flue is a major hazard and will be on the home inspector’s report. Don’t let the chimney flue be forgotten and then have it reflect negatively on the home’s value. Make sure before the home inspector arrives to have the chimney flue checked and if needed, cleaned.