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TIPS TO PREPARE FOR A HOME INSPECTION

Whether you are looking to sell your home or refinance your mortgage, you will want to have your house appraised to determine its worth accurately.  A licensed professional will complete the appraisal by determining the value of your home in an open market; the more money your home is appraised for, the more money you will receive when you sell it or refinance it.

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There’s a lot of work for you to do in order to ensure that you’re getting a fair valuation for your home.  Below are some useful tips to help you prepare for a home inspection before selling:

1.) Install safety equipment and be sure it is functioning properly. These include smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, and home security alarms.

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2.) The interior of the house should be updated.  This includes counter tops, cabinetry, flooring and appliances.  The appearance of the home will affect the appraisal, so repaint the walls, hang new curtains, install shiny new fixtures like faucets and doorknobs, and remove damaged or worn out furniture.  Once it is updated, keep your house clean to make it more attractive to both appraisers and potential buyers.

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3.) Houses with high curb appeal receive better appraisals, so tidy up your yard.  Mow your grass, trim your trees and shrubbery, plant colorful flowers, and remove dead trees.  Keep the clutter out of the yard, including lawn furniture, bicycles, and toys. Use a power washer to clean your house, patio, driveway and walkway.

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4.) Plumbing can be a major stumbling block during home inspections.  If you know there might be some problems, fix them as soon as possible, or it will cost you.  If necessary, use an infrared thermometer to detect temperature problems with leaky pipes.

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5.) Things that need to be corrected or are out of date, as a general rule, make $500 deductions in the total home value.  Therefore, any problem that will cost you less than $500 should be repaired immediately. Get the right tools for a variety of DIY jobs:  screwdrivers, hammers, pliers, socket sets, saws and blades, and vises.

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Tips to Prepare for a Home Inspection before Selling

The process of selling your house is a long and arduous one with many potential pitfalls and stress points, so whatever you can do to prepare for key moments will help you out in the long run. One of the most important times during the process is having a home inspection. It’s at that stage where your intended selling price and the actual price you might receive can become seriously distant from one another.

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According to the American Society of Home Inspectors and the National Association of Realtors, close to four out of every five homes sold are evaluated by a professional home inspector beforehand, so it’s rare that you will be able to sell without one. For a buyer, it’s an essential tool to protect them from buying a money pit that needs much more work than they might have expected, so home inspections are here to stay.

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Of course, we’ll assume that you have honest intentions, but there’s still work for you to do in order to ensure that you’re getting a valuation for your home that is fair to you as well as the buyers. Below are some useful tips to help you prepare for a home inspection before selling:

 

Tidy Up!

This is a basic one, but many home owners fail to do it. Even though the home inspector won’t be the person who wants to picture themselves living in your house, you still need to give them a good first impression and a house that has dirty dishes in the kitchen or toys strewn around the floors is not going to impress anyone. It will also make their jobs more difficult, which can’t possibly work in your favor. You might not want to purchase new storage options before moving, but think of it as an investment in keeping your next home tidy too. Also make sure you’ve tidied up in the yard as well, especially where access will be needed or where there’s an overhanging tree or overgrown bush that might cause concerns.

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Check your Plumbing

A major stumbling block in home inspections can be the plumbing. Issues that you’ve lived with for years because they didn’t seem serious enough can be uncovered by an inspection. The water pressure will be checked by flushing multiple toilets and running the taps, etc. So if you know there might be some problems, fix them as soon as possible, otherwise it will cost you.

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Fix those niggling little faults

Whether they are cracks in the wall, missing roof tiles or loose steps, you need to make sure they’re all sorted before the inspection, because every little problem counts and can add up to an unfavorable overall picture. If you don’t have the right tools, make sure you get some, as you’ll most likely need them when it’s time to set things up in your new home. This will save yourself some real headaches when it comes to selling your current home as well. You might also need a professional to fix electrical issues or scratches on cabinets or flooring. It’s important to make sure that you’ve checked everything before your inspection, so that it goes smoothly and works to your benefit.

 

Deelat Industrial offers a wide variety of building supplies and tools to make sure your next home inspection goes off without a hitch! We’ve got you covered with quality products at low, affordable prices. Shop with us today and save!   

The Benefits Of Using Infrared Thermometers

An infrared thermometer might not initially seem like the most essential tool to have, but it’s a product that can really transform the amount of information you can find out about a home and the hidden problems within it. These kinds of problems are the ones that can build up and prove to be damaging and expensive, so an infrared camera is absolutely essential for home inspectors and well worth having for any home owner with an interest in looking after their property.

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Infrared is a word we all hear used in movies, but what does it actually mean? It’s light radiation that exists just outside of the visible spectrum of light we see as red, which means that we can’t see it with our eyes. What makes it especially useful is that it is the part of the spectrum that includes heat radiation, which is why you can see bodies giving off heat when a movie spy is using infrared goggles to see in the dark.

 

Unless you’re a spy there isn’t really much use for infrared goggles in real life, but the technology can be used for many other purposes, one of which is in a thermometer that can be used in home inspections.  Since infrared picks up heat radiation, an infrared thermometer with a high temperature sensitivity can be used by home inspectors to pick up on any anomalous patterns in the areas of heat within a house.

 

Thermometers like the Infrared Thermometer GM1651 come with a range of -30~1650’C, giving them an accuracy to the nearest 1.5C, as well as being audible and offering an alarm that includes red and blue signals to help detect areas that are hotter or colder than the room temperature around them. These can then be investigated further to determine what is causing that anomalous temperature, thus saving prospective home buyers from a nasty shock further down the line.

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For home owners, plumbers and electricians, infrared thermometers can be vital tools in tracking down these type of problems so that they can be fixed. If there is evidence that pipes might be leaking but it is not immediately apparent where the leak might be, infrared can pick up on the lower temperatures in an area where water is leaking and cooling. It can rarely be conclusive on its own, but is a useful tool for the investigation process.

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The same can be done with unexplained heating issues, as an infrared thermometer can quickly detect which parts of a room aren’t getting the same heat or are leaking the heat away. After discovering that information, work can then be done to fill in cracks or gaps in insulation that might be causing the problem. As you can see, there are many reasons why an infrared thermometer can be an essential tool, so why not have a look at what Deelat Industrial has to offer and see which is the right one for you?

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