These few simple items will help the Home Inspector, Seller, Buyer, and Realtors.
- Confirm that the gas, water and electricity are turned on and that the gas pilot lights are burning.
- Ensure all pets won’t hinder the inspection and inform everyone about pets to be kept inside.
- Replace all burned out light bulbs.
- Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace the batteries if necessary.
- Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters and verify that the filters fit properly and are secured in place.
- Move wood, stored items or debris away from the foundation walls.
- Unlock or remove locks from any items the inspector must access such as fence gates, attic access hatches or doors, electric service panels, special closets, crawl space access for pier-and-beam homes.
- Confirm areas and components are accessible by removing items blocking access to electric service panels, sinks and bathtubs, ovens and cook tops, dishwasher, heating and air-conditioning equipment, water heaters, ground fault (GFCI) receptacles, attic access ladders or hatches, crawl space access for pier and-beam-construction.
- Trim tree limbs back from the roof and shrubs away from the house.
- Repair or replace broken, damaged or missing items such as door knobs, locks and latches, window locks and broken glass, window screens, anti-siphon devices on exterior faucets, rain gutters and downspouts (clean if necessary), chimney flue caps.
- Remove autos from the garage and driveway.
- Clean ashes from the fireplace and remove items from the fireplace hearth area.
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