Friday, September 18, 2015

Preparing for a SitePro Inspection

A SitePro Inspector has been scheduled and On The Way!

 

There are routine steps that sellers can take to help ensure that a SitePro inspection goes off without any issues. 

Most steps are part of your regular maintenance and quite easy and inexpensive. Some of the remedies are obvious but could be overlooked by an anxious sellers. Above all, sellers should not try quick, inexpensive repairs, this could cause questions and concern to SitePro inspectors and prospective buyers.
  
Exterior
  • Provide at least 6" of clearance between grade/ mulch and siding. Decks should be properly graded.
  • Dirty gutters and debris should be cleaned from the roof and basement entry drains should be cleaned out as well.
  • The property grade should slope away from the home so that water is diverted away from the house.
  • Downspouts, condensation drains, and the like should all drain away from the home.
  • Trees, roots, and bushes should be trimmed away from the home's foundation, roof, siding, and chimney.  
  • All weathered exterior wood should be painted. Caulking should be placed around the chimney, windows, and doors.Exterior repair
  • Rotting wood and/or firewood should not be in contact with the house.
  • If the asphalt driveway is cracking, it should be sealed.
  • Masonry chimney caps should be sealed or pointed up. Metal flue caps should also be installed on chimneys.
  • Any faulty mortar joints in a home's brick or block should be pointed up.
  • The home's HVAC filter should be cleaned or replaced, if needed. Dirty air returns and plenum need cleaning, too.
  • All doors and windows must be in proper working condition.
  • If windowpanes are fogged and/or broken, sellers need to have them replaced, or repaired if possible.
Interior
  • Make sure any burned out light bulbs are replaced before your SitePro home inspection.
  • Ensure that all smoke detectors are working.
  • If a home's attic is not ventilated, it needs to be.
  • A professional should clean the chimney, fireplace or wood stove and provide the buyer with a copy of the cleaning record.
  • Plumbing fixtures, including toilet, tub, shower, and sinks, should be in proper working order. Any leaks must be fixed, and caulking should be done around plumbing fixtures if necessary.
  • A sump pump should be operating properly.
  • GFCI testingAll GFCI receptacles need to be tested to make sure they are operating correctly. 
  • Masonry walls in the basement need to be sealed. (yes there are some 
  • basements in Florida.
  • Make sure that vapor barriers, if applicable, are installed in crawl spacesand that the crawl spaces are dry. Moisture needs to be removed, as moisture levels in wood should be below 18 percent to prevent dry rot and mildew.
  • Remove any paints, solvents, gas, and similar materials from crawl spaces, basements, attics, porches, etc. Access to the attic, crawl space, heating system, garage, and other areas the SitePro home inspector will check must be clear, with nothing blocking the way.
  • If the house is vacant, all utilities must be turned on, including gas, water, electric, water heater, furnace, air conditioning, and breakers in the main panel.
Sellers who follow these steps should have no problem with a SiteP home inspection, making themselves, their Realtor®, and their prospective buyers very happy.


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