Surviving The Home Inpsection

Dated: 12/05/2016

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When selling your home, there are many things you need to consider. One of those items is the condition of your home and how it is going to fair when the time comes for a home inspection. At Dietel Richardson we have a few solutions to remove this worry, but today I am simply going to offer some tips for quick items to check before that inspection occurs...


1. Make sure you have operable smoke detectors.  Ideally one in each bedroom and at least one on every level of the home.

2. Replace burnt out light bulbs

3. Make sure all windows open

4. Consider getting the furnace/AC cleaned and inspected by an HVAC tech

5. Fix any loose railing

6. Fix any plumbing leaks

7. Fix any rotting wood

8. Fix broken windows

9. Make sure all electrical outlets have covers

10. Fix wobbly ceiling fans

11. Extend the gutter downspouts at least 6 ft from the foundation.

12. Trim tree limbs away from the house so that they don't rub the roof or siding.

13. Clean the gutters of leaves and other debris.

14. If you have a gas furnace, gas water heater, or a fireplace, then I recommend adding carbon monoxide detector(s).

15. All electrical connection points should be in an approved junction box with a cover.


The more you fix, the less a home inspector is going to report and all of these items will make a report if left alone. The fewer items on a report, the better a potential buyer feels about moving forward with their decision to purchase.

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Brent Rickards

In November 2014, I made the decision to get my real estate license and join Keller Williams. Shortly thereafter I was blessed with the opportunity to join the Dietel Realty Group with a goal to build....

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