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No matter what end of the transaction you are on, home inspections can bring out the nerves. If you are the seller though, there are several minor things you can do beforehand to limit/eliminate some of the most common issues found during inspections. Not only will this save you time and money in the long run, but it will give your buyers a sense that you take care of your home, thus easing some of their nerves and helping to make sure the transaction reaches the closing table.

Wood Rotting or Deteriorating Siding
Take a walk around your house and look for any rot or siding problems. This is an easy thing to spot and certainly will catch the eye of any reputable inspector. Have someone come and repair any issues you may have and save time down the road.

Missing Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI)
If you have recently renovated your bathroom or kitchen, you will need these anyway, so go ahead and get them installed. It’s something you can do yourself!

Dead Light Bulbs
A very easy task is to make sure all light bulbs are in working order. Save yourself from having to pay for an electrician to come out and prove the wiring is working by changing out all dead bulbs before the inspection.

Loose Toilet Base
A toilet should not move. If you can move yours, you need to pull it off, reset and reinstall it. Again, if you are pretty handy this is something you can do yourself and not have to pay a plumber.

Debris-Filled Gutters
This is one issue that will definitely show buyers if you are taking good care of your home. Clean gutters are a sign you care about maintenance and safety and give them the feeling that the rest of the house is also well taken care of.

Downspout Extensions
You want water to flow away from your home, so by purchasing a very inexpensive downspout extension you will ensure that happens, and will avoid possible water/flooding issues.

Auto-Reverse Capability for Your Garage Doors
Your garage door should have a system installed where it can auto-reverse when it’s closing if it detects an object in its path or meets some kind of resistance. An inspector will definitely check this, so it’s just best (and safer) to have it installed before the inspection if you don’t already have one.

Electrical Outlet Covers
This is a very simple and inexpensive task, and it truly makes your home safer. Save yourself some hassle and make sure all of your outlets and light switches have covers.

Oven Anti-Tip Device
Again, this is something that an inspector will always check for, so if your oven does not currently have an anti-tip device, contact the manufacturer and they will send you one for free. It is easy to install.

There you have it! These are some simple ways to save you time and money during the selling process and to give the buyers peace of mind that they are purchasing a well-cared for and safe home. Even if you are not planning on selling your house soon, these are all great things to do to make sure your home is the best and safest shape it can be!

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Cristina Dougherty & Associates is a full-service Northern Virginia real estate team with more than 15-years of experience, specializing in both buyer and seller transactions. Totally dedicated to their craft, the team of three agents and one executive assistant make clients their number one priority, striving to exceed expectations on every sale.

Cristina Dougherty & Associates stays at the forefront of marketing and technological innovation in the real estate industry, always on top of new opportunities to help clients get their homes bought and sold. Proving their reputation of excellence, Christina Dougherty & Associates has been featured in Washingtonian Magazine's Top Agents issue four years in a row! In addition to being top-notch agents, they are also a lot of fun to work with!

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