If you're listing your home, you may be getting ready to schedule a home inspection. However, there are a few things you should do before the inspector arrives.
"A bad home inspection can be devastating to your home's value," says Jerry Hall, owner of Assured Comfort Heating, Air & Plumbing, "so it's imperative to take the necessary steps to prepare."
Assured Comfort Heating, Air & Plumbing offers the following tips to prepare for a home inspection:
Check for and repair any leaks.
According to the EPA, the average household wastes more than 10,000 gallons of water a year due to leaks. An easy way to test for a leak is to plan a two-hour period when no water will be used and then examine the water meter at the beginning and end of the period. If it changed, the presence of a leak is likely. All faucets, indoor and outdoor, should be tested for proper water pressure, and crawlspaces and basements should be inspected for signs of water. Leaks can lead to property damage such as sagging floors and encourage the growth of mold, leading to poor and unhealthy indoor air quality.
Assess the condition of the water heater.
A water heater should deliver hot water efficiently. One major issue to look for that can reduce efficiency is the presence of corrosion or scale on the heating element. Their presence can severely impact the effectiveness of the heating element, and severe corrosion may necessitate replacement. Opting to fully replace an aging unit, especially one 8-12 years of age, with a newer, more efficient model can add value to the home.
Schedule tune-ups for both the air conditioner and furnace.
Both the heating and cooling systems in the home need to be serviced prior to a home inspection, and if they haven't been serviced on an annual basis, there is even a good chance that any existing manufacturer's warranties have been rendered void. Professional tune-ups typically involve cleaning the systems, changing filters, lubricating mechanical parts and checking safety points such as flues.
Source: Assured Comfort Heating, Air & Plumbing
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