Please Feel Free To Use Our "Pre-Closing Checklist"

Please Feel Free To Use Our "Pre-Closing Checklist"
Please Feel Free To Use Our "Pre-Closing Checklist"
Our goal at Home Inspection Carolina, Inc. is to inform our clients to the best of our ability at the time of the home
inspection and beyond. We also strongly encourage our clients to be thorough with their final walk-thru inspections almost as if they had never had a home inspection done at all. We want you to be happy with your new home from the
moment you close and take possession!
During your home inspection with Home Inspection Carolina, Inc., a representative number of windows, doors, electrical
outlets and switches were checked by the inspector according to the North Carolina Home inspectors, Standards of
Practice. In situations where the home is occupied during the home inspection, often times there is clutter, stored items,
and furniture that will or have obstruct the home inspector’s full view of an area. This includes (but is not limited to)
basements, bedrooms, cabinets in the kitchen, vanities in bathrooms and sinks, closets, garage spaces, attics and crawl
Your final walk-thru before closing is your last opportunity to confirm that everything operates as intended. With your
REALTOR confirm that everything included in your purchase contract is left in the home. So, your final walk-thru is not to
be taken lightly.
Appliances - unfortunately - can break between the time of your home inspection and when you finally go to closing; so
we would recommend that you run all appliances during your walk through.
Severe weather may also occur during that interim period of time that may cause or create issues that were not present
at the time of you original home inspection. For example heavy rains and or hail causing damage to siding, gutters,
downspouts and possibly the roof area.
Because the home will be vacant at the time of your final walk-thru, we suggest that you bring the following items with you
so you can more readily test various items in the home:
Bring a small electrical appliance (i.e. a lamp) for testing the outlets
Light bulbs for checking fixtures in the home
If washer and dryer are contracted bring laundry soap (and kitchen towels to wash) in order to test the washer/dryer,
Dishwashing soap and a used coffee cup or plate, Toilet paper just in case you are there too long!
We have also provided a check list of several things we recommend checking located on the following page.
We hope that this is helpful as our goal is to provide the best services to our clients BEFORE…DURING…AND… AFTER
your home inspection. If there is ever anything we can do to help you and or answer questions as you live in your new
home, we always welcome your calls! So keep our number handy…704.542.6575!
Congratulations on the purchase of your new home!!!
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Have all previously agreed upon repairs been completed by the seller?
Have warranties and/or receipts been provided for the repairs done by the seller?
Is the house "broom clean"? (Check attic and basement)
Do you have all the required documents for closing? (WDIR, Personal Check, ID etc.)
Are any window screens missing or damaged?
Is there any new damage to doors, decks, siding etc.?
Are there signs of leaks or roof damage?
Are all gutters and downspouts properly attached?
Are splash blocks or proper drainage installed under all the gutters?
Does the garage door and opener operate properly?
Are the opener remote controls available and functioning?
Is there any damage to the walls or doors that may have been previously concealed?
Are there any mud tubes around the interior foundation walls?
Are there any new water stains or interior damage?
Do all the windows and doors operate properly?
Is there and new damage to the walls that may have been concealed?
Are all fixtures present and do they function properly?
Is the hot water hot?
Are there any new or previously undiscovered leaks?
If applicable, has the septic system been pumped if requested? (if so, ask for receipt)
Are all light fixtures present and do they work?
Do all the switches and outlets work?
Are Smoke detectors installed where required and do they work?
Does the thermostat operate correctly?
Does the heating and/or cooling system work?
Are all included appliances present and working.
if the refrigerator has been taken is there any damage to the flooring or wall?
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Home Preventive Maintenance Check List
What Is Preventive Maintenance?
Preventive maintenance means: “take care of the little things before they become BIG PROBLEMS”! As a homeowner, you cannot
afford to sit back and wait until something breaks before you address it.
Take care of household appliances (stove, refrigerator, washer, dryer), and major heating, electrical and plumbing systems, so they
continue to provide you with quality services. Follow Manufacturer’s guides for regular service and maintenance, and report problems
immediately, while they are small.
Pay close attention to the outside of your house and watch for roof and gutter problems. Slow wear and tear can lead to serious,
expensive problems. For example, a small roof leak that is not repaired can cause ceiling beams to warp. That could lead to cracked
ceilings and inner wall damage, and that could lead to cracked ceilings and inner wall damage, and that could lead to BIG PROBLEMS.
Below is a list of items we have provided to help you maintain your new home. The list below is not limited to everything needed to
maintain your home just a helpful guide line. Of course as problems are identified it is recommended that they be corrected or fixed by
the appropriate qualified contractor.
Sink/Tub Stoppers and Drain Holes:
Clean out debris.
Garbage Disposal:
Flush with hot water and baking soda. Note: Lemon and
Lime peels will remove that stinky order.
Water Softener:
Check water softener salt drum and replenish salt if
Forced-Air Heating System:
Change filters once a month if user’s manual
recommends fiberglass filters.
Check that it’s fully charged; recharge or replace if needed.
If one in not installed recommend purchasing one for your
Wall/Ceiling Registers:
Clean grills.
Range Hood:
Clean grease filter.
Inspect roof surface, flashing, eaves, and soffits; repair if
Gutters and Downspouts:
Clean them out or install no-clean version. Inspect and
repair weak areas; check for proper drainage and make
repairs if needed.
Inspect and clean siding and repair if needed.
Exterior Caulking:
Inspect caulking and replace any that is deteriorating.
Windowsills, Doorsills, Thresholds:
Fill cracks, caulk edges, repaint; replace if needed.
Window and Door Screens:
Clean screening and repair or replace if needed; tighten
or repair any loose or damaged frames and repaint if
needed; replace broken, worn, or missing hardware; tighten
and lubricate door hinges and closers.
Plumbing System:
Inspection for Hoses for leaks.
Inspection for Water heater for leaks.
Inspection for Faucets for leaks.
Clean aerator.
Gutters and Downspouts:
Tub Drain Assembly:
Clean out. Inspect and repair weak points; check for
Clean out debris; inspect rubber seal and replace if needed.
proper slope.
Floor and Outdoor Drain Grates:
Chimney or Stovepipe:
Clean out debris.
Clean flue (more frequently if needed); repair any cracks in
flue or any loose or crumbling mortar.
Smoke Detector:
Clean heat sensor, contact points, and contacts; check
Test batteries and replace if needed.
accuracy and replace thermostat if it is not functioning
Ground and Yard:
Check for leaks and water run-on.
Interior Caulking:
Drain outside waterline and hoses (disconnect hoses from
Inspect caulking around tubs, showers, and sinks; replace
Smoke Detectors:
any if it is deteriorating.
Check and replace batteries. Always replace batteries when
All joints in ceramic tile, laminated plastic, and similar
you set your clocks back in the Fall.
Posts, gates and slats for deterioration.
Forced-Air Heating System:
Change semi-annually if user’s manual recommends
Inspect for Damaged, loose &/or bubbled shingles.
high efficiency pleated or HEPA-style filters.
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Garbage Disposal:
Attic for water stains or dampness.
Tighten drain connections and fasteners.
Flashing damage (metal around chimney, vents, etc.)
Clothes Washer:
Damaged gutters, downspouts, hangers, and splash boxes.
Clean water inlet filters; check hoses and replace them if
Low tree limbs brushing against roof.
they are leaking.
Clothes Dryer:
Exterior Walls:
Vacuum lint from ducts and surrounding areas.
Inspect wall masonry for cracks and loose joints.
Painted surfaces for chipping and peeling.
Check for frayed cords and wires; repair or replace them as
Siding and trim for damage or decay.
All trim for tightness of fit.
Range Hood:
Wash fan blades and housing.
Doors and Windows:
Doors, windows and trim for decay or rot.
Window glass for loose putty.
Windows and doors for broken glass and damaged screens.
Weather stripping for damage and tightness of fit.
Caulk at doors, windows & all other openings & joints.
Clean window and door screens.
Lubricate window hardware.
The base of your house on the outside, for soft, chipped or rotten wood which could be a sign of termites.
The ground around your house to insure that it is built up around your foundation so that water runs away from the house.
Interior walls and floors to see if there are signs of water damage.
Inspect tree roots that are growing near or under the foundation for cracking
Main Cleanout Drain:
Have a “rooter” professional clean out the main line, particularly if there are mature trees in your yard whose roots could have cracked
the pipe in their search for moisture.
Water Heater:
Drain water until it is clear of sediment; test temperature pressure relief valve, clean burner and ports (gas heater)
HVAC System:
Have a professional tune up your heat/air conditioning system.
Carpets professionally cleaned:
Get rid of all those dust mites, and deep dirt you can’t get to yourself.
Septic Tank:
Have a professional check the tank (watch for backup throughout the year). In many areas, it is recommended that the tank be pumped every
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Once/twice a week depending upon rainy climate and/or
Lawn care is not very hard, but it will require time to get
your watering schedule.
things started correctly.
However, once your lawn is established and healthy, you’ll spend
Fertilize every 6 to 8 weeks.
less time working in the yard and more time enjoying it. There are WATERING
4 steps to successful lawn care:
Thoroughly soak once a week. Water every 5 to 10 days
in a dry period. Test your sprinkler system to ensure
1. Fertilizing
even coverage.
2. Watering
Consult lawn and garden professionals for method of
3. Mowing
insect and disease control.
4. Controlling insects and disease
Another important step in lawn care is cultivation. Following are
You and your neighbors will be happy when your lawn is cultivation steps you should follow:
well cared for. Problems with your lawn could cause your
1. Trim your lawn in early spring to get rid of the dead
neighborhood to look bad. In addition, weeds and other
lawn diseases could infect other yards. The longer you
2. Add fertilizer and weed killers.
wait, the more work it is going to require to get your lawn
back into shape, so let’s get going!
3. If the soil is compacted you will need to aerate (punch
holes throughout the ground).
If your lawn has little or no grass, you may want to buy
A good time to fertilize is when you aerate. This will get the
sod and/or grass seed to spread over needed areas.
fertilizer to the roots of your grass. And don’t forget the flowers!
You can buy this at any home improvement or lawn and
garden store. Follow directions on the package for a
healthy lawn.
To maintain your lawn you need to know how to keep it in good
shape. The following chart is a lawn care guide.
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