Pass Your Home Inspection with these Home Improvement Projects

Getting your home ready to sell is a bit of a balancing act. Not only do you need to make the home look great so that it is appealing to potential buyers, but you also have to make the home functional so that it passes inspection. If the home doesn’t pass inspection, a buyer is likely to walk away from the sale, even if everything else about the home is great. You may be able to negotiate for repairs to salvage the sale, but it’s better to deal with those issues before you have an offer on the table.

Some of the home improvement projects you can make can also ensure that your home passes the property inspection. Here are a few ideas:


New Paint or Wallpaper

The easiest home improvement project you can do to get your house ready for sale is to repaint it or to replace the wallpaper. You will instantly make the home look newer and more inviting. The right colors and wallpaper designs can also make the home look stylish and attractive.

You may not think that new paint or wallpaper has anything to do with the home inspection, but it can, depending on what was there when you started. Mold and mildew can hold up a home inspection, and old wallpaper can easily hide it. Replacing that can help you discover and deal with the problem. Lead paint and asbestos can also be hiding in plain sight, and repainting or replacing the wallpaper can help you discover those issues. If you do find lead or asbestos, make sure you hire a professional for clean up so you don’t endanger your own health.

Removing Ceiling Popcorn

Once upon a time, every home had textured ceilings, or “popcorn” ceilings. The texture helped to hide some of the flaws on the ceiling, and it contributed to sound control. However, most people now think that popcorn ceilings are ugly, and they prefer a smooth look.

When you remove ceiling popcorn, you may find mold or other issues that could hold up a property inspection. Removing the texture can improve the look of your home and give you a chance to discover and correct problems.

Put in New Light Fixtures

Light fixtures can hang around for decades without being replaced since they rarely just stop working. In that time, they can also age considerably and make your home look very outdated, or even silly. Replacing the light fixtures can make your home look more modern and stylish.

When the electrician is replacing the light fixtures, he might discover that some of the wiring is not up to code. You will have the perfect opportunity to correct electrical issues that could cause your home to fail the property inspection.

Put in New Insulation

Insulation can start to wear down over time, leaving your home with less protection and making it less energy-efficient. You can make your home more energy-efficient – and more attractive to potential buyers – by upgrading the insulation.

While the technician is replacing the insulation, many issues can be identified with mold, improper electrical wiring, rotting joists, and so on. You can protect your future house inspection by making the needed repairs right away. It will also be easier to make the repairs since the insulation will already be removed and the work area clear.

Add a Tankless Water Heater

Tankless water heaters can reduce energy costs by as much as 60 percent. They heat water on demand, which means you use less energy and you never run out of hot water. Tankless water heaters also take up less space, and they come with long warranties.

Installing a tankless water heater can make your property more attractive to buyers, and it can get rid of that aging water heater that was going to cause your home to fail the property inspection.

Updating your home is an essential part of the selling process. With the right updates, you’ll sell your home faster and for more money. The right updates can also ensure that your home is in proper order so that it will pass the house inspection and save you a lot of time and money later in the selling process.

If you are selling your home in Surprise, call ATS Home Inspections for your AZ house inspection. We offer AZ real estate inspections for buyers and sellers, as well as for investors and for those interested in taking out equity on their home. We offer thorough inspections to help you prepare for your sale or to help you make the best choice for your next purchase. Call us in Surprise today to learn more about our home inspections.


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Phone (623) 266-8846