(425) 786-7680

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(425) 786-7680

stepbystepinspections@gmail.com

Before putting your home up for sale, you might want to have it inspected. If you plan on having as few serious issues as possible in your report, consider these tips.

LOOK AT YOUR ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
For this, you will need professional help, both for your safety and the safety of your property. By hiring an experienced electrician, you can find out what might be needed to ensure that your electrical system is safe and up to modern standards. This is especially important to have checked if you notice that there are ongoing issues such as flickering lights or frequently tripped breakers.

THE FURNACE SHOULD BE IN GOOD SHAPE
Replacing a home furnace costs quite a bit of money. This is because furnaces are expected to last about 20 years before needing replacement. Before your furnace is inspected, it’s essential to ensure the heat exchanger is in good shape and rust-free as well as whether maintenance and repairs have been performed or not.

THE PLUMBING SHOULD BE FUNCTIONING WELL
Before the inspector arrives, you must address any problems with your plumbing system. This includes issues with leaks or poor water flow. If the water tastes funny or has odors, this might indicate a malfunction or other problem. You should also check to remove all minerals and other foreign matter in your water.

KEEP THE ROOF IN PROPER SHAPE
Damaged shingles can cause leaks in the home. Roof repair is one of the most expensive things a homeowner has to deal with, so it is going to be an area of focus for the inspector. If there has been a leak in the past, but it was repaired, the inspector will note this in their disclosure, so potential buyers know they don’t have to be fearful of old stains that stem from an old leak.

THE BASEMENT MUST BE DRY
Before an inspector visits, make sure the basement is dry. Buying a house with flooding or mold issues can be a deal breaker for most buyers.

INSPECT YOUR WOODWORK
Frame wood can sometimes experience dry rot, which causes wood to disintegrate and crumble even when it appears completely dry. Wooden structures that experience constant wetness can develop other forms of rot. Wood that’s dry or experiencing slow deterioration will be noted on the inspection report, so having the issues repaired before the inspection will help.

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