What can I do to help?
  • Before calling an inspector, you should walk through the home to detect potential problem areas. Develop a list of questions concerning the workmanship, as well as the care and operation of fixtures and mechanical systems.
  • The kitchen is a great place to begin your investigation. Dishwashers should wash, ovens should heat, and refrigerators should cool. Heating and air conditioning units should be appropriate for the area's climate and the size of the home.
  • Electricity should meet local standards. Check outlets and light switches for correct operations. Windows should have stripping tightly affixed, and should open easily and lock securely.
  • Outside, pay special attention to the grading of the property, the roof structure and the home's general appearance. Roof shingles should be flat and tight. Bumpy shingles are indicative of leakage.
  • The chimney should be straight, not leaning or bowed. The foundation should slope away from the house, and water runoff should be away from the building.
  • Trees and plants should be several feet away from the house to allow for growth and drainage. Also, look for trees that do not appear to be sturdy.
  • Bring any discovered anomalies to the attention of the inspector. Working with the inspector in this way improves your changes of getting the home you want in the condition you want.

What else?

Don't Help the Realtor.

Once you've selected an agent, disappear and let him do his job. Tell your agent in advance about the pluses your house has to offer such as low electric bills, insulation that exceeds requirements, special paneling or extensive attic space, and leave when prospective buyers come.

Simply put, too many people distract.

A professional Realtor will lead prospects on a guided tour that emphasizes the best aspects of the property. Pets, children, radios, televisions and washing machines should not be included in this process.