Following are five common home deficiencies I see on a regular basis in the homes I inspect. These may be items you as an agent can pass on to your home-selling clientele as they prepare to sell. Taking care of these issues before they are discovered by an inspector could save valuable time on the transaction period!
1. Perimeter Drainage and Gutter issues
Make sure downspouts are fitted with extensions to direct roof run-off water at least 4 ft. away from your foundation. The grading around your house should slope away from the perimeter by 1/2 inch per foot for 6-10 feet to protect your home structure from moisture.
2. Crawlspace and Attic Ventilation
It is usually best to keep foundation vents open year round. Look inside your attic for adequate ventilation, which is 1ft of vent for 150 sq. ft. of attic space. Make sure any soffit vents are not blocked by insulation.
3. Unsecured Toilets
If your toilet shifts or rocks easily, try tightening the snug-down bolts on both sides of the toilet flange to secure it to the floor.
4. Faucet Valve Leaks
Check your water pressure with a gauge from a hardware store that screws on your exterior hose bib. If it is between 40-80 psi and your faucet valve is still leaking, it may need replacement of the cartridge or valve seals.
5. Water Heater Expansion Tank
This is a $60-$85 part that should be replaced by an experienced plumber. It is the balloon shaped container typically mounted on the incoming water line to the water heater. It is designed to absorb the pressure caused by expanding hot water. To test if it is still functional, simply unscrew the cap and briefly depress the valve stem. If air escapes, it’s still good. If any water comes out, it has failed. If nothing comes out, it may be able to be re-pressurized with air.