Tips For Property Sellers: What to do Before the Inspection
To ensure that the home inspection goes smoothly, and that there will be no need for a return inspection, we recommend the following tips be considered before our inspections:
- Confirm that gas, water and electricity are turned on at the utility mains, make sure that all valves are in the “on” position and that all gas pilot lights are turned on and burning.
- Ensure pets won’t hinder the inspection. Ideally, cats and dogs should be caged or temporarily removed from the property.
- Replace any burned out light bulbs.
- Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace batteries if needed. Ideally, smoke detectors should be placed in every sleeping room and on all levels of the home, including basements.
- Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. Verify filters fit and are properly secured.
- Move wood, stored items or debris away from the foundation to allow for visibility.
- Provide full accessibility for exterior and interior doors, gates, attic hatches, electric service panels, special closets or spaces, crawl space hatches, heating and air conditioning equipment, water heaters, kitchen/bathroom fixtures and any ground fault (GFCI) electric outlets.
- Trim tree limbs back from the roof and trim shrubs away from the house to allow better access and reduce storm damage.
- Repair or replace broken, damaged, loose or missing items within the home. These may include door knobs, locks/latches, window locks, broken glass, window screens, anti-siphon devices on exterior faucets, rain gutters, downspouts and chimney flue caps.
Following these tips will make the home inspection go faster and will result in a cleaner and more thorough inspection report!