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San Antonio home inspector Harold Ratliff





















Office: 210-584-0454
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Providing Services throughout San Antonio and surrounding areas:

Austin
Bandera
Balcones Heights
Boerne
Bulverde
Castroville
Canyon Lake
Cibolo
Converse
Devine
Floresville
Jourdanton
Lytle
Monticello Park
Natalia
New Braunfels
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Poteet
San Marcos
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Selma
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Seguin
Universal City



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Home Inspection News Articles for San Antonio Home Buyers and Sellers
Sellers Can Prepare Early For a Home Inspection
Every seller breathes a deep sigh
of relief when an offer to purchase
is presented. And once all parties
sign the contract, both sides want
the sale to close. But as you know,
a home inspection report detailing a
long list of imperfections can hurt and
sometimes even squash the deal.

How can sellers prepare for a home inspection? The list below will help sellers prepare for the home inspection, with little or no cost. While many of these items are considered routine home maintenance rather than a defect, today’s buyers know they have more bargaining power than ever before and will use the information listed in the home inspection report to their financial advantage.

The list begins with tasks that can be performed immediately and items further down the list can be done later, once the offer comes in.
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Divert all water away from the house; this includes downspouts, sump pump drainage, condensation drains, etc.
The slope or grade of the property should carry water away from the structure.
Ensure that proper grading is followed under a deck.
Trim trees, roots and bushes back from the foundation, and away from the roof, siding and chimney.
Seal any cracks in an asphalt driveway.
Paint any weathered exterior wood and caulk around the trim, windows, door frames and chimney.
Point up any failing mortar joints in brick or block.
Caulk all exterior wall penetrations.
Update attic ventilation if none is present.
Have the chimney, fireplace or woodstove cleaned and provide the buyer with a copy of the service agreement.
Seal or point up masonry chimney caps. Install a metal flue cap.
Seal masonry walls in the basement if cracks are present.
Make sure the crawlspace is dry and install a proper vapor barrier if necessary.
Test the sump pump for proper operation.
Clean out basement entry drains.
If windows are at or below grade, install window wells and covers.
Make sure all doors and windows are in proper operating condition and replace any cracked windowpanes.
All plumbing fixtures (sinks, tubs, toilets, and showers) should be in proper working condition. Check for and fix any leaks. If caulk around a plumbing fixture is non-existent, discolored or old, strip out any old caulk, clean the area and seal with new caulk.
Test all present GFCI receptacles for proper operation.
Check that bath vents are properly vented and in working condition.
Replace regular electrical outlets with GFCI receptacles near all water sources.
Remove grade or mulch from contact with siding. Six (6) or more inches of clearance is preferred and should slope away from the structure.
Clear access to attic, crawlspace, heating system, garage and other areas that will be inspected.
Clean the gutters and clear any debris from the roof.
Remove rotting wood and/or firewood from contact with the house. Remove paints, solvents, gas, etc., from the crawlspace, basement, attic, porch, etc.
Clean or replace the HVAC filter. Clean dirty air returns and vents.
Test all smoke detectors to ensure they are in safe working condition.
Replace any burned out light bulbs.
If the house is vacant at the time of the home inspection, make sure that all utilities are turned on for the inspection, including water, electric and gas. The hot water heater should be turned on as well as all breakers in the main electrical panel.
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