Conducting Your Own Home Inspection

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DIY Home Inspection

Putting up your home for sale is never an easy journey to undertake. Renovating the home to ensure it’s in the best shape and finding a sale value that is not too low or too high. Then there is letting strangers into your home to view and answering all of their questions. However, before you begin this journey, there are plenty of tasks to complete.

One good idea is to have a Pre-Sale Building and Pest Inspection conducted. This inspection will identify the issues that a prospective purchaser will find in their own Pre-purchase Inspection. We have found, over 25 years being involved with the home buying and selling process, that it is not defects that cause sales to fall through but rather the surprise discovering them during the selling process. Even if a home has a number of problems the seller will generally get a better price by fully disclosing what the know about their home to any prospective buyer A pre-sale inspection helps a prospective buyer understand the condition of your home before making you an offer. Moreover, you as the seller want to avoid being forced to lower the selling price of your house.

Before the inspector arrives, there are plenty of checks you can do yourself to make the process easier.

  1. You can start by inspecting the walls and ceilings for any dampness and mould. These may be the result caused by leakage or moisture in the room. The skirting boards may also be affected by mould, caused by water spillage or rain. This process can extend to checking under the carpet for any damp and rotting floorboards due to moisture.
  2. Next is to check under sinks and inspect if there is any damage from rust and if there is water dripping from them. You can also give the pipes a little bit of a tug and shake to test how sturdy they are. Also, check if the cistern is working by flushing the toilet.
  3. While we’re still on the subject of pipes, there is another way to test if everything is in working order. You can turn on all the taps and monitor how long it takes for the hot water to start pouring out. This monitoring process tests not only the taps and pipes but also the effectiveness of the geyser.

These are some of the checks you can go through and note before the inspector arrives. However, it will still be up to a professional to give you a detailed report of your home. For any assistance in building and pest inspection, you can contact ABIS Building and Pest Inspection.