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Information for Sellers and Listing Agents

For homeowners, who tend to be a proud breed, an inspection produces different anxieties starting with the discomfort of allowing strangers into the house to poke around and, potentially, find faults. To allay concerns, some inspectors recommend a pre-listing inspection having the house fully inspected to identify and possibly fix any existing problems before putting the house on the market. If you're a person who doesn't like surprises, why not do it ahead of time?

If you do find things ... it's much cheaper to fix something when it's under your own terms, when you've got your back against the wall and everyone's panicking, it tends to cost more.

A pre-inspection can produce problems. If the homeowner decides not to address any problems found, he or she is legally obliged to disclose them.

There are other things homeowners can do to help an inspection go smoothly.

Make things easy for the inspector, don’t have 40,000 things piled in front of the electrical panel. If you have a full closet leading to the attic, empty it out, or I have to.

Also having the heating and air conditioning systems serviced, and be able to show the paid receipts. It tells the buyer you're keeping up with things. If the buyer finds you haven't had the systems serviced, they might not be as confident. They might wonder what else hasn't been taken care of. Take care of it so I don't have to find it.

Radon

When doing a short-term test ranging from 44-52 hours, it is important to maintain closed-house conditions for at least 12 hours before the beginning of the test and during the entire test period.

If the house has an active radon-reduction system, make sure the vent fan is operating properly.  If the fan is not operating properly, have it repaired prior to the test.

Closed-house conditions means keeping all windows closed, keeping doors closed except for normal entry and exit, and not operating fans or other machines which bring in air from outside.  Fans that are part of a radon-reduction system or small exhaust fans operating for only short periods of time may run during the test.

During a Radon Test:

  1. Maintain closed-house conditions during the entire time of a short term test.
  2. Operate the home's heating and cooling systems normally during the test. Operate only air-conditioning units which re-circulate interior air.
  3. Do not disturb the test device at any time during the test.
  4. If a radon-reduction system is in place, make sure the system is working properly and will be in operation during the entire radon test.
  5. Do not run portable dehumidifiers during the test.


Disturbing or interfering with the test device, or with closed-house conditions, may invalidate the test results and is illegal in some states.  


Septic

Do not have your septic tank pumped before the inspection, if you have a failing leech field this will not cover up that fact, it will only make it look suspicious that you knew the field was failing, and you did not disclose that knowledge.

Any septic designs or information would be helpful and speed up the amount of time that is required to perform the septic inspection.

Furnace/Boiler

Get the unit serviced and have the serviceman’s ticket available. If the unit needs to be serviced, most likely the buyer will require that this maintenance is completed. It also shows that the unit has been maintained.

Miscellaneous

  • Trim shrubs away from the foundation.
  • If the chimney hasn't been professionally cleaned in the recent past, have it done.
  • Have all utilities (electricity, gas, water and pilot lights) on so the inspector need not return to complete the job.
  • Remove pets from the premises.
  • Have key documentation on hand of permits, contractors' proposals and receipts, and appliance instruction manuals and warranties. These will be invaluable if you have to negotiate repairs or replacements with the buyers.
  • Is there any documentation of Lead paint testing?


Well

  • Is the water chlorinated?
  • Has the water source been shocked?
  • Depth of the drilled well


CONTACT

COASTAL HOME INSPECTION
ian@coastalhomeinspector.com
Rye, NH 03870
Main 603-380-5000