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Proactive Fixes To Make Prior To The Home Inspection!

A home inspection is a key step when Selling Your Home. If problems are revealed during the inspection, the sale price of your home could decrease dramatically or the buyer could choose to walk away from the deal completely. Keep the perceived value of your North Iowa home high by fixing issues before the actual inspection. Being proactive about the repairs will also allow you the opportunity to price out repairs and find a great contractor/provider for the job. Make the home inspection a breeze by fixing these items before you sell. 


  1. Electrical – Test all the light switches in your home. If you notice dimming or flickering lights, have an electrician come in to check out the entire system. Make sure that outlets located within 6 feet of water sources, such as those in the kitchen and bathroom, are ground-fault circuit interrupter outlets to protect everyone from electrical shock. 
  2. HVAC System – Walk throughout your home to see if you can detect any drafts, stuffiness, or changes in temperature. All of these are indications that there is something wrong within your HVAC system. Have a technician come out to inspect the ductwork, equipment, and insulation to determine where the problem is. If your HVAC system is 12 to 15 years old, it has neared the end of its proper operating life and will likely need to be replaced. 
  3. Mold – Due to the health issues that mold can cause, its presence can derail the sale of your home. Have a mold inspector do a thorough inspection of your property to check for any trouble areas and have them remedied immediately to avoid further spread.
  4. Windows & Doors – Make sure that all windows and doors are free of defects and operating properly. Check the caulking around all seams and make repairs as necessary. With the weather as it is throughout the year in North Iowa, you will also want to add weatherstripping to keep your home properly insulated. 
  5. Roofing – The home inspection includes the exterior of your home as well. The roof is a major focus. Do your own inspection of the shingles, vents, and gutter system. Check for missing shingles and signs of cracks and leaks. Have these repaired as soon as possible to avoid more costly repairs in the future.

Fixing these issues before the official home inspection can help you close the sale of your home. If you are ready to sell, Jane Fischer & Associates  is here to help! Give our experienced team a call today at 641-424-HOME (4663)!

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