Beat the Home Inspector 101 | 12/08/2016

How to beat the Home Inspector


Recently had the opportunity to play “Beat the Home Inspector” & won. My house is under contract & just passed the Inspection. Pleased to say even the Inspector was impressed. The Inspection revealed a few items that were so minor the buyers didn’t ask for repairs. The knowledge I’ve gained after 15+ years of participating in Inspections paid off. Even if you’re not thinking about selling your house these are good maintenance items to check as they are usually overlooked by most homeowners. After almost 16 years as a Realtor® I’ve learned how clueless I was as a homeowner & wanted to share some of these tips with you.

  1. Close cracks-Caulk around tubs, faucets, windows, doors, gaps in siding, any lighting, plumbing or anything else attached to the house. Don’t forget driveways & basement slabs. Repair cracks in brick mortar & stucco too.
  2. Repair wood rot-Check all windows, doors, fascia, soffit, chimney & garage door.
  3. Fix fogged windows-Very inexpensive to replace fogged glass on windows & doors. Let the sunshine in.
  4. Excellent electricity-Current code calls for push button GFCI outlets (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) on outlets near sinks or faucets. Cover any open junction boxes in the attic; a cover is <$2 at a home improvement store.
  5. Secure loose hand rails along steps– inside & outside of the house
  6. Flashing-Not the kind in a trench coat; the metal stuff that keeps moisture out of areas where the roof meets the house, by chimneys, dormer windows, etc.
  7. Direct Drainage-Make sure water flows AWAY from the house & foundation. Could be as simple as adding extensions to gutters or more in depth with French drains. Be sure the gutters are clear of debris too.
  8. More on doors & windows-insure they open & close properly; windows often get painted shut. Be sure door latches catch correctly as well as all locks & hinges are in working order.
  9. Clear, clean chimney-VERY important for air & smoke to flow properly. Be sure the factory built fireplace inset & firewall are properly sealed as well.
  10. Proper plumbing-clear clogged drains, toilets should flush smoothly & not continually run.

These are just a few highlights of some of the items that we see most often on inspection reports. Most of them are pretty simple. If I can do it, most people can; “handy” isn’t a term I would use to describe myself.

Every house has its own idiosyncrasies & issues. The best way to get in front of them when preparing a house to sell is to have your own home inspection. Of course, I’m happy to connect you with a good Home Inspector as well as the right contractor to complete items on your to do list. All you have to do is ask.

Now that you’ve fixed up your house, wondering about its value? Always happy to help with that too. Just contact me for the answer. Can’t wait? Follow this link to see sales prices in your area:

All the best,



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