There is a lot of information out there about preparing your home for sale. Finding a buyer and agreeing on a sale price and terms is only the first step in the closing process. The next step is passing the home inspection. This can be a very stressful step. Don’t worry there are things you can do to prepare for the inspection.
Here are a few tips on how to pass a home inspection:
You can check for mold in common places around your home and take measures to prevent and remove it.
The Bathroom Check -
Who doesn’t love a long hot shower but unfortunately mole does too. The warm wet environment of a bathroom is an invitation for mold growth. Bathrooms without proper ventilation like a window fan or both are prone to attracting mold.
In the shower and the tub. Showers and bathtubs are one of the most common places you may find mold. With repeated use, these areas tend to be damp most of the time. Be sure to check for mold on your shampoo bottles wash clause and loofahs in and around the faucet and showerhead and in the tile grout.
The sink and toilet. The presence of water along with the humid nature of bathrooms makes sinks and toilets prone to mold growth. Inspect the surface of the sink and counters. Also inspect toothpaste and toothbrush caddies, the tank of the toilet behind the toilet underneath the bathroom sink or cleaning supplies are stored.
The walls and on the floor. From top to bottom mold growth is likely in a bathroom. Bathroom rugs are also known to harbor mold and are usually not washed as often as they should be. Pay attention to any water leaks coming from the walls or floors.
Tips to keep your bathroom free of mold:
If you’re buying a home that comes with an in ground swimming pool, you want to take the right steps to protect your investment. Before closing, you want to know about the pool and the condition of its structure and equipment systems.
A thorough pool inspection will assure a potential buyer of key issues ranging from the elevation of the deck service to the functionality of the pool pump.
Inspectors can provide a written report of their findings. This list includes any areas of concern. Swimming pools have a lot of complicated parts with which an inspector needs to be familiar. Pumps, filters, and heaters. Many pools have additional equipment components with specialty accessories.
There are five primary areas to examine during an in-death pool inspection.
If you want an ideal home with a pool already in place, be smart about obtaining a full evaluation. The result will be a peace of mind and a new home with a stable properly functioning backyard pool.
Flashing is usually built out of metal but can contain zinc, copper, steel, aluminum, and even plastic or rubber. Flashing is used to keep roof components waterproof and prevent any damage. Without flashing, roof components may come into contact with water that can saturate leak and damage the component or the structure of the house. Roof flashing keeps the integrity of your home intact.
Roof flashing installation occurs throughout your roof including all of the following places:
If you have ever noticed that there any leaks coming from around your chimney or vent most likely your flashing was not installed correctly or is no longer sufficient.
The main purpose of roof flashing is to protect your home from moisture and saturation. The flashing extends below your roofing and adjacent to the siding to create a solid, weatherproofing seal on your home to protect you from the elements.
So when having your next roof inspected or installed be sure that your flashing is properly installed by your local roofing contractor to ensure the best protection for your roof.
Mulch! It’s used to prevent water loss, help buffer soil temperatures, and suppress weeds. The right mulch makes all the difference. With so many varieties and options of mulch available it can be difficult to choose.
Here is a breakdown of Mulch that you might consider using in the Florida area.
You can also use pebbles and we will rocks as a great addition to the garden because they don’t break down and don’t need to be replaced annually.
With the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer it’s a good time to get outdoors and tackle some home projects.
Here are a few tasks to check off your list in an hour or less:
Regular spring maintenance will help ensure that the value of the home is considered and kept.
Safety using a ladder starts with choosing the right letter for your job. Not all letters are created equally and different styles are designed to keep you safe in different situations and conditions. So here are a few tips to help you choose the right ladder for any job:
If you have flickering lights in your house you know that it’s more than just a slight inconvenience. Electricity is necessary to make our homes feel safe and comfortable. But problems with our electricity can jeopardize that. Flickering lights are not only annoying but can be a sign of a big problem that could cost you money and maybe even your life. Therefore there are some different reasons why your lights might be flickering here are some:
Flickering lights can be caused by serious electrical issues or even minor problems. If your flickering lights are the result of serious problems get the help you need and a professional electrician should be called immediately.
You can fix almost any dripping faucet in about an hour. For most people the repair is easier than you think. You’ll need a few basic tools. A screwdriver, ranch, pliers, and slip-joint pliers.
It’s always important to be quick about fixing a dripping faucet because you can waste gallons of water a day. If leaks are coming from the spout then it’s probably the faucet handle. Rubber seals can wear out overtime so replacing them can usually fix the problem.
There are a few basic steps for stopping a leaky faucet:
After looking at houses for weeks you finally found just the right one for you and your family. How excited you must be? One of the most important first steps that you will have to take is that of the home inspection.
Here’s a quick tip to keep in mind to help you navigate the process:
Do your own “pre-inspection” -
There is so much to be learned by just looking at a house in detail. Doing a visual pre-inspection yourself will give you a better understanding of the home condition. You can identify any issues that you won’t want to live with or repair. Be sure to go through each room and look at every element and detail. The walls, ceilings, fixtures, molding, doors, windows, and cosmetic details. Look for signs of water damage like stains and discoloration.
Look at the condition of the toilets sinks and showers. Make sure that you take a walk outside of the house with an eagle eye as well. Look for sagging, cracking, damaged gutters, and peeling paint. See how well the landscape, fences, other outside areas have been maintained. Be sure to examine the garage too.
Applying these few tips will help you to feel good about your home purchase and illuminate any additional stress or anxiety that might occur. Make the home buying process enjoyable by applying the suggestions.
Mike McFadden, Certified Master Home Inspector in Orlando, FL