Today I want to offer advice about how to get through the home inspection process during your home sale. Here’s an overview of the most common defects that inspectors spot that you can actually repair yourself.

One of my pet peeves is leakage around the chimney flashing. Roofs don’t leak that often, but a leaky chimney flashing is quite common. You should crawl up into your attic and see if there are fresh drip marks around your chimney. If there are, seal around the flashing and you can avoid a problem at the home inspection.

Electrical issues are another hot topic. Inspectors are very fond of seeing ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in places where circuits may accidentally come in contact with water. They would also like to see all of your outlets grounded if at all possible. This is tough to do in an older home. However, there are ways to work around it. They also do not like to see open junction boxes or splices in the basement or garage.

If you have a Federal Pacific breaker box, you are probably going to end up needing to change that out because most inspectors consider them dangerous. If there is no time or if you do not have the money available, we may be able to assist you.

“If you look at your house with a critical eye and be aware of these items, you can prepare your house ahead of time.”

You need to make sure that your furnace and air systems work. You can have a professional come out and clean the furnace and check for any gas or carbon monoxide leaks. Home inspectors are notorious for having overly sensitive gauges and they are always detecting gas leaks. It is much better for you to have all the leaks fixed beforehand so you don’t have a buyer or inspector looking over your shoulder when the plumber comes to fix them.

If your faucet leaks, fix it. Go ahead and get your spigots and drain lines repaired either by yourself or have a plumber come and take care of them.

While little cracks on your driveway and sidewalks are okay, big gaping cracks are not. If your cracks are larger than ¾ of an inch, they are considered tripping hazards, so you will need to ramp them with concrete so people don’t catch a toe or heel.

These are the most common defects that tend to show up on an inspection report. If you look at your house with a critical eye and be aware of these items, you can prepare your house ahead of time. You should have a much smoother transaction.

If you would like to see more repairs likely to show up on a report, I’ve prepared a home inspection checklist. If you would like to use it for your own home, please feel free to contact me.

As always, if you have any questions about this or anything else real estate related, please feel free to reach out by phone or email. I look forward to speaking with you soon.