How to Prepare for a Home Inspection

Preparing for Your Home Inspection:

Exterior

  • All exterior doors should be accessible.
  • All door locks should be operable.
  • Remove debris from gutters and downspouts.
  • Trim shrubs away from the foundation.
  • Be prepared with any documentation or repair records for decks, additions, finished basements, and other major home improvement project

Interior:

  • All interior areas should be accessible.
  • Crawl space access should be clear.
  • Remove belongings from storage rooms.
  • Make sure the stairs to the attic can be pulled down without endangering belongings or people.
  • Attics should be empty so that the inspection includes the entire area.
  • Remove personal belongings from closets.

Electrical:

  • The electrical panel needs to be accessible to the inspector.  For easier access, remove anything blocking the panel.
  • Ensure the electrical panel has an inspection sticker.
  • Remove “creative wiring,” such as extension cords used in the attic, interior, or exterior.

Plumbing:

  • To prevent any water damage, fix or let the inspector know about any leaks prior to inspection.

Heating and Air Conditioning:

  • Install clean filters.
  • Consider having the unit cleaned and serviced, especially if it has been a while since the unit was last serviced.
  • Maintain all repair invoices.

Fireplace and Chimney:

  • Consider having the fireplace and chimney cleaned by a chimney sweep before the inspection, especially if it’s been a while since it was last cleaned.

Pets:

  • It is best that pets be removed from the premises during the inspection.  Keep in mind that the inspector needs access to the entire home, so keeping the pets in the garage or the backyard is not a good idea.

Utilities:

  • All utilities (electricity, gas, and water) should be on and all pilot lights lit so the inspector will not need to return to finish the inspection.
  • Replace any burned-out light bulbs.

Foundation:

  • Remove wood, debris, or stored screens away from the foundation.


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