TEN TIPS ON HOW TO PROPERLY PREPARE FOR YOUR HOME INSPECTION
Consider a few steps you can take on your way to ensure a smooth inspection.
If there’s anything on the list that’s above your DIY comfort level, consider calling in an expert.
- Confirm that the water, electrical and gas services are turned on (including pilot lights).
- Make sure your pets won’t hinder your home inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from the premises or secured outside or in a crate. Notify your agent of any pets in the home.
- Replace any burned-out light bulbs to avoid a “light is inoperable” report that may suggest an electrical problem.
- Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries.
- Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. They should fit securely.
- Remove stored items, debris, and wood from the foundation. These may be cited as “conducive conditions” for termites.
- Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electrical service panels, the water heater, attic and crawlspace. This may include any vehicles in garage blocking attic access.
- Unlock any locked areas that your home inspector must access, such as the attic door or hatch, the electrical service panel, and any exterior gates.
- Trim tree limbs so that they are at least 3 feet away from the roof. Trim any shrubs that are too close to the house and can hide pests or hold moisture against the exterior.
- Repair or replace any broken or missing items, such as doorknobs, locks or latches, windowpanes or screens, gutters or downspouts, or chimney caps.
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