Preparing for the Inspection

Whether you are buying or selling your home, these tips will help you to prepare for a smoother inspection process.

  • Open up your house so that the inspector has access to all rooms and systems including, but not limited to, water heaters, heating and air units, furnaces, electrical panels, and shutoffs for utilities (water, gas, electric, GCFIs).
  • Unlock gates, attic doors, basement doors, garage doors, closets, gates, and panels.
  • Make sure that all utilities are on. This includes water, electric, and gas.
  • If possible, remove larger pets from the premises such as cats and dogs. If you cannot remove them, then contain them and make the inspector aware of their presence.
  • Avoid the words "missing" or "broken" on the inspection report by replacing missing or broken items such as window screens, door knobs, latches, gutter downspouts, chimney caps, draw handles, and bathtub drain plugs.
  • Replace any burned-out light bulbs with working bulbs so that the inspector does not report that the light is not operational which would suggest an electrical issue where there is none.
  • Replace air condition filters.
  • Debris stored near the foundation and stacked against the exterior walls might be cited as a condition for termites and wood-destroying insects, so it is best to remove any such debris.
  • Remove any items that may be blocking access to systems, rooms, closets, and crawlspaces. The inspector will not move them for you!
  • Trim tree limbs at least ten feet from the house. Trim shrubbery at least one foot from the house. This will allow easier access for the inspector.