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Helpful Information

Information for Homebuyers

When buying a new property, there are several items to keep in mind, not only for the inspection, but for the entire purchasing decision.

Here is a helpful checklist for homebuyers inspections:

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What to Bring

  • Your Realtor
  • Open Mind
  • Check List or Notebook
  • Measuring Tape
  • Camera
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The Drive-Up

  • Is it a busy street? Night traffic? Air traffic?
  • Are the other homes maintained?
  • What kind of cars are out front?
  • Where is the school located? Church? Stores?
  • Is it a well-lit neighborhood?
  • Do children live here? Is there a playground or park nearby?
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Home Exterior

  • Does the home have “curb appeal”?
  • Has it been well maintained?
  • Is there standing water around the foundation?
  • Where’s the garage? Do you park on the street?
  • Do I want this lot size?
  • Is damage to structure apparent? Termites?
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Home Interior

  • What is the overall temperatures? Lighting? Smell?
  • Is the floor plan functional for my and/or family needs?
  • Are handyman repairs apparent?
  • Are there rugs in unusual places?
  • Are the appliances included?
  • Will my furniture fit?
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Other Important Questions

  • Is there an HOA? If so, what are the costs and restrictions?
  • Why are they selling?
  • How much are yearly taxes?
  • What’s my overall “feeling” of this property? Does it fit?

Information for Sellers

When selling a property, you can greatly reduce items that your buyer may find on their inspection report by having an inspection done yourself and/or completing some simple steps to make your property ready for its new owner.

Here are some helpful tips for sellers:

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14 Easy Fixes for Sellers

  1. Replace the batteries in smoke detectors.
  2. Install smoke detectors in each bedroom, hall and floor level. (if not already done)
  3. Replace any missing or broken switch and outlet cover plates.
  4. Repair leaky faucets.
  5. Tighten loose doorknobs or replace if needed.
  6. Repair or replace exterior door weather stripping.
  7. Caulk doors and windows at the exterior brick or siding.
  8. Replace damaged or missing screens.
  9. Replace broken panes of glass in doors and windows.
  10. Replace any burned-out light bulbs.
  11. Secure loose hand and stair railings.
  12. Patch holes and cracks in walls and ceilings, then repaint.
  13. Replace heating and air conditioning filters.
  14. Trim hedges at least 1 foot away from house.
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Sellers Inspection Day Preparation

  • Confirm with Centralized Showing Services (CSS).
  • Make sure all utilities are ON inside the home.
  • Clear the areas to: Electric Panel, Water Heater, Furnace, HVAC Unit, Attic, and Lawn Sprinkler Controller.
  • Unlock all gates and unlock all electrical thermostats.
  • Clear the attic access and landing areas.
  • Clear out closets to access crawlspaces.
  • Empty the dishwasher and oven.
  • Make arrangements to secure or remove pets.
  • Remove pet waste from the yard.
  • Clean the swimming pool.
  • Leave the house for an average of 3-4 hours.

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Suite 150-103
Frisco, Texas 75033

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Certifications/Licenses:

TREC #10396 & #23238 www.trec.texas.gov
TPCL 0619643 P/T
Termite TPCL #0619643
Pool CPI #76-301225
PIT #01353688
Septic NAWT #1110

Kissee Home Inspections, Home Inspection Service, Frisco, TX