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    Default Items a homeownes should correct before an inspection

    I recieved a call from a reporter from my local paper [ for the real estate section] yesterday asking me this question.
    It caught me a little ole me [ she called me out of 5-600 inspectors] off guard, some of the first basic things that I thought about were..
    Change burnt out light bulbs.
    Replace dirty AC filters,
    Fix plumbing leaks
    Trim trees and bushes around the home
    Adjust windows that don't lock or slide properly
    Replace batteries in smoke detectors
    Make sure all rooms are accessible
    If major repairs were made provide the buyer the name and phone # along with copy of the bill from the contractor

    If your local paper called you what would you suggest?

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    Default Re: Items a homeownes should correct before an inspection

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Harris View Post
    I recieved a call from a reporter from my local paper [ for the real estate section] yesterday asking me this question.
    It caught me a little ole me [ she called me out of 5-600 inspectors] off guard, some of the first basic things that I thought about were..
    Change burnt out light bulbs.
    Replace dirty AC filters,
    Fix plumbing leaks
    Trim trees and bushes around the home
    Adjust windows that don't lock or slide properly
    Replace batteries in smoke detectors
    Make sure all rooms are accessible
    If major repairs were made provide the buyer the name and phone # along with copy of the bill from the contractor

    If your local paper called you what would you suggest?
    Well.....Everythihng..........Of course that is not going to happen.

    The things to fix if they cannot afford much would be filters, batteries, minor plumbing leaks, bushes, light bulbs and such.

    Any of the smaller items like trimming bushes and all is a must. That being for the reason that when the inspector starts writing up the report and everything is negative thru the entire report because it is filled from front to rear with all these little things along with mixed in major concerns the buyers are blown away with so much wrong with the home.

    If all the small items are fixed then the report shrinks dramatically and does not look so overall bad.


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    Default Re: Items a homeownes should correct before an inspection

    I Don't think thats going to happen...

    It maybe hard for the banks to do any of these things. most of the agents can't even get the water or Elec. on

    Best

    Ron


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    Default Re: Items a homeownes should correct before an inspection

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Bibler View Post
    I Don't think thats going to happen...

    It maybe hard for the banks to do any of these things. most of the agents can't even get the water or Elec. on

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    Ron
    Nows the time to start training them

    I can relate to the water and elec on. Mon I had two repos, per the realtor, and listing agent everthing was on.
    [ Thank goodness I also had a 5000 sq. ft. 1 yr warrany inspection. ]
    1st one no water, come to find out the water company shut it off and would not turn it back on until the previous bill was paid.
    The buyer already paid the past bill for the electric to get that turned on.

    2nd one,had water, but no electric.

    I'm not sure why the elec or water co would not turn it on, at least for the inspection, where it stands now they aren't getting paid for the past bill, and not getting paid for new service.

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    Default Re: Items a homeownes should correct before an inspection

    Remove the cat box from the bathtub and clean up the dog shat from the yard around the foundation area.

    rick


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    Default Re: Items a homeownes should correct before an inspection

    Put the GFCI's in where they are supposed to be. Almost every house unless it's brand new has missing GFCI receptacles somewhere.

    Jim Robinson
    New Mexico, USA

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    Default Re: Items a homeownes should correct before an inspection

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Harris View Post
    If your local paper called you what would you suggest?
    Hire a professional inspector to go through the home and evaluate the conditions for a real list of things to do. Heck if I want some newspaper doing what I get pair for.

    Eric Barker, ACI
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    Default Re: Items a homeownes should correct before an inspection

    Just an honest, Truthful, disclosure.


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    Default Re: Items a homeownes should correct before an inspection

    Quote Originally Posted by wayne soper View Post
    Just an honest, Truthful, disclosure.
    This would be nice if the owners actually knew what the problems were and how to identify them. The sellers of a house I inspected stated in the disclosure that the house has a sump pump and that it has run in the past.

    The house had so sump pump or even a sump pit.


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    Default Re: Items a homeownes should correct before an inspection

    Install house number on the front of the house where it can be clearly seen from the street! Seconds count especially in an emergency response situation day or night.

    How many times have we all had trouble finding a house number that either is not present, installed behind a bush, or on a rock in the garden, or brass or other coloured number that blends in with the house itself.

    Also clear around the furnace and remove items from closet so access to the attic is easier.


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    Default Re: Items a homeownes should correct before an inspection

    Quote Originally Posted by wayne soper View Post
    Just an honest, Truthful, disclosure.
    Sellers don't understand how up front disclosure can benefit them.

    When the inspection finds a significant condition that's not on the disclosure, and it's one that you figure the seller had to know about, the trust factor begins to diminish rapidly when you don't see it listed on the disclosure. I've seen buyers walk simply because of this. On the other hand, they can be very willing to work with sellers who spill the beans.

    Eric Barker, ACI
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    Default Re: Items a homeownes should correct before an inspection

    I had a similar call from a local paper last year. One statement I made to the reporter was highlighted when the article came out. This is it:
    Prepare your current home like you would expect your new home to be when you purchase it!

    Scott Patterson, ACI
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    Default Re: Items a homeownes should correct before an inspection

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Patterson View Post
    Prepare your current home like you would expect your new home to be when you purchase it!
    Scott you must live in a perfect world... L.O.L.

    I have a check list I send out from time to time.

    I should put that on my web-site. Talking to my self

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    Ron


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    Default Re: Items a homeownes should correct before an inspection

    Quote Originally Posted by fritzkelly View Post
    Definitely. Pick up the dirty clothes and underwear, flush the toilets, get the 16 year old out of bed, clear some of the crap out from under the sinks and last but not least, go away.
    And clean the bathtub.

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    Default Re: Items a homeownes should correct before an inspection

    Make sure the gutter downspouts are connected.


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    Default Re: Items a homeownes should correct before an inspection

    "and last but not least, go away"

    ...and take those yapping little dogs with you!

    DetroitMatt


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    Default Re: Items a homeownes should correct before an inspection

    Super list - I'm going to consolidate it in a Word or Excel file.


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