How to prepare your home for an inspection

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Selling your home in Alberta can be a nerve-racking experience, especially in a market like this. The only sure-fire way to ensure a successful closing of the deal is to make sure your house is in excellent shape before putting it on the market. Calgary home inspections can help you do just that. Contact your local Calgary home inspector to get started on making your home the perfect purchase for a buyer.

Getting your home ready for a home inspection, ensures that the process is smooth and quick.

Checklist to prepare for a home inspection

Exterior

  • Clear out all the dirt and landscaping material away from the siding to leave a gap of at least 4-6 inches of clearance beneath the siding. Also, check the siding for any damage and trim, if needed.

  • Repair any missing caulking around doors, windows and over nail heads.

  • Repair any damaged weather stripping.

  • Seal asphalt driveways if cracking.

  • Trim trees and bushes away from the foundation, siding and chimney.

Roofing and gutters

  • Clear debris and moss from the roof and repair broken roofing. Do not use caulking or any temporary fixes as the Calgary home inspectors will be able to spot it easily.

  • Clean out dirty gutters and repair any damages such as rust through or sagging

Utilities

  • Make sure all appliances are in working condition and unobstructed as they will be inspected.

  • Free the washer of dirty laundry so it can be inspected.

  • Get all stoves, furnaces and burners cleaned and retain the cleaning record.

  • Check if all the smoke detectors are in working condition and fix those that are not.

  • Check if all fixtures, lights, fans and switches are working properly.

  • Replace burned out lights and bulbs as they might lead the Calgary home inspector to believe that the fixture is inoperable and might warrant further inspection by a qualified electrician.

Plumbing

  • Check for leaky taps, tanks, tubs and faucets and repair as needed. Check under the sink for leaks as well.

  • Inspect the water heater for any leaks and damage. If your heater is older than 15 years, replace it.

  • Make sure the water heater pilot light is on.

  • Find out if there are any leaking pipes in the crawl space.

  • Check to see if the sump pumps are in good working condition.

Interiors

  • Make sure all windows open and close effortlessly. Get them fixed if they do not.

  • If the paint is peeling and cracking get a new paint job.

Heating and cooling

  • Inspect your furnace filter and clean if dirty.

  • Make sure all debris is cleared away from an external compressor of the air conditioner.

  • Turn on all pilot lights for gas-fired furnaces.

  • Make sure there is complete access to electrical panels, furnace (remove the furnace cover) and water heater so that the Calgary home inspector can inspect it easily.

To have a smooth home inspection, be prepared for the Calgary home inspectors, at least, one hour in advance. Keep all pets crated or remove from home altogether throughout the duration of the Calgary home inspections. Above all, be upfront about any damages and do not try to hide anything by resorting to quick cheap repairs as Calgary home inspectors will always be able to spot it.

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