You’ve been working really hard getting your home ready for sale. There is lots of paperwork and appointments to be made. Cleaners come in for one last run while the stager is prepping for the photographer to arrive to take the quality photos to get your home sold.
Here are a few things that you can do before to avoid surprises after a buyer’s home inspection on an accepted deal.
1. Siding and Trim:
Check that all siding and trim is secure and nothing is missing. If some is missing or damaged, be sure to take a piece for reference when purchasing replacement pieces to match colour and texture.
2. Decks and Fences:
Check that all boards and railings are secure and are in good shape. Replace any damaged boards.
3. Positive Drainage:
Water should always drain away from your home. The ground directly around your home should be higher than the surrounding areas. On a rainy day, walk the parameter of your home. If you see pooling, you may need to do some work to correct drainage. Make sure that all downspouts pour away from the home.
4. Gutters and Roof:
Clean and remove all debris from gutters. If you have not had your roof done in a while, you could be proactive and ask a roofer to come give you an estimate on minor repairs.
5. Garage Door:
If you have an automatic garage door, check that it is functioning properly. Test that the safety features are functioning by placing something in the path of the door while it is closing. If the door is wood, it may also need a fresh coat of paint.
6. Heating and cooling system & Hot water tank:
Before selling, replace furnace filters (no matter what month it is). Turn the heat, then the air, make sure that all systems are running. If you think there may be a problem, try to repair. Check around the hot water tank to be sure there is no leaking.
7. Air Conditioner:
Your condenser is located outside your home. It shouldn’t be covered and should always be clear of leaves and debris.
Cracked/damaged windows and screens will be noted. Repair or replace as much as you can. Screen repair kits are relatively inexpensive and can be purchased at any hardware store.
Check all bathtubs, windows and doors. If the caulking is missing or cracking, this is an easy fix.
Freshen up worn down rooms with a fresh coat of paint. Look for signs of cracked, chipping or bubbling paint on exterior of the home.
11. Sinks and Toilets:
Fill all sinks halfway, pull the plug and see how they drain. If slow, you may need to clean out the p-trap. Inspectors will flush all toilets. Your toilets should be secured to the floor (they should not move). If there is a hissing sound when flushing, you may need to replace the flapper valve.
12. Ceiling fans / Lightbulbs:
Inspectors will check that all fixtures are in proper working order. Replace all burnt out bulbs and damaged fans/fixtures.
You can purchase an outlet tester at a home improvement store. This tester will tell you if any of your outlets will fail in the inspection. Some of the outlet testers will also check outlets that have GFI (ground fault interrupter). These are the outlets located in wet areas.
14. Detectors: Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Check that all detectors are installed in the correct areas and are functioning. Put on some earplugs and press the button.
15. Stairs and banisters:
Make sure all boards and spindles are secure and sturdy. If there are any that are damaged or
loose, you have the ability to replace or repair.