Top Ten Problems
Preparing For Inspection
Inspection Fee Schedule
Cold Wall Syndrome
Home Maintenance Tips
Component Life Expectancies
Preparing a House to Sell
Many buyers peruse neighborhoods looking at listed properties from the
outside before inquiring with the listing agent to show them the inside. A first
impression is hard to shake and if the prospective buyer doesn't like the house
from the outside, they probably won't inquire at all. To get them past the front
door, you need to add some curb appeal. Here's a list of items that will
definitely add value to your home.
- Clear your gutters and downspouts of debris
(leaves, sticks, etc.) that may block the flow of water from your roof.
- Properly grade the area under your downspouts
and around your house, so rainwater flows away from your foundation. Splash
blocks can help rainwater at downspouts flow in the proper direction. If
necessary, add extensions to your downspouts.
- Plantings should be set away from the
foundation to ensure regular watering does not add to soil moisture around
the basement. Lawn sprinklers should not hit the house or the area next to
- Ensure that landscaping around the foundation
(sidewalks, patios, gardens, etc.) starts at 8 inches down from the top of
your foundation wall and slopes away from the home. Failure to do so may
cause moisture to build up at or around the foundation and promote the
environment for mold growth.
- Keep mulch, dirt and other landscaping material
away from veneer drainage system weep holes commonly found on, but not
limited to masonry and stucco homes. The veneer drainage system diverts
water away from the interior of the exterior wall system and the weep holes
allow the water to escape the wall. If the weep holes are blocked or clogged
with debris, mold may form on the interior of the exterior walls. The weep
holes are found at the bottom of the finished veneer.
- Sidewalks, steps and exterior foundation cracks
should be filled or parged to bring up to date.
- Caulking around windows, doors, chimney/siding
cavity, foundation, and other common leakage points is necessary to prevent
any moisture intrusion.
- Clean everything in sight. The kitchen,
bathroom, bedrooms and general living spaces, and clean/test household
appliances and equipment. No matter what physical condition the property is
in, it should be clean, tidy and uncluttered.
- You want buyers to view your home as their
potential home. Therefore put away family photos, sports trophies,
collectable items, knick-knacks and souvenirs. Put them in a box or a rented
storage area for a few months.
- Shampoo rugs and wax floors.
- Wash walls and use a broom to clear cobwebs
from the corners of rooms and closets.
- Wash windows and clean blinds or draperies.
- Repair those small things now, like leaky
faucets, missing tiles or broken screens.
- Replace all burned-out light bulbs.
- Properly insulate (12" of blanket or
8" of blown-in insulation) and ventilate the attic of your home.
- If you are a smoker, clean, prime and paint any
nicotine stained walls and ceilings thoroughly and refrain from smoking in
- Neaten up the basement.
- Clean up and correct any water problems in your
basement, including upgrading the foundation with a mortar parging at all
loose cavities and cracks.
- Test sump pump.
The Day of the Showing
- Before you leave, turn on all lights, open all
curtains and shutters to let in as much light as possible but screen out