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Home Inspection Day Part 2

Welcome back! Hopefully, you found Home Inspection Day Part 1 extremely helpful, which means you're eagerly back for more. We're going to just right into the rest of our tips on how to make your home inspection day a walk in the park.

  • Take pictures, or roughly sketch, the cabinet layout in the kitchen. Do the base cabinets have shelves in them? How many drawers are in the new kitchen, compared to your current one?
  • Take note of counter space, including standing room. Will your beloved stand mixer/coffee station/bread machine/blender/knife block fit underneath the upper cabinets?
  • Do all the rooms where you want to have cable/satellite tv already have the necessary wall jacks?
  • Do you want to add dimmers to any of the overhead lighting fixtures? If so, how many dimmers will you need? Also, note what switch style is used in the house (traditional flip vs. rocker), and what color, so you can match.
  • How many exterior door locks - deadbolts locking doorknobs – will you need to re-key? If you know this, you’ll get a more accurate quote when you call a locksmith to book an appointment.
  • Planning to buy storage solutions for closets, a laundry space, or the garage? Measure, measure, measure!
  • Measure your windows for replacement blinds or curtains. You never know when you might run into a great sale.
  • Are there power outlets in the garage?
  • How many spigots are on the outside of the house, and where are they?
  • Do you love how the current owners have the living room laid out and want to replicate the furniture placement? Take a picture, so you have an accurate memory of it.
  • Are you buying rugs for hardwood floors? Measure the space at floor level, between the baseboards, so you can look for rugs, or plan where your existing ones will live.

Note: If you are going to buy anything for your new home before you have closed, be sure you can return it if the deal falls through, and save the receipts. I know you don’t want to think about that happening, but you must remember that you aren’t closed until you’ve closed. You need to account for any built-in extension for closing that is in your purchase contract when thinking about returning items. 

If you are 45 days out from closing, but the return policy is only 30 days, think twice about the purchase. Can you use the desired item in any home you might buy, or in your current abode? If so, you may want to take the risk. 

We wish you smooth sailing all the way through closing, great sales, and generous return policies! Remember to give us a call at 855-HEY-JEFF for all your listing and buying needs.

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