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Homeowner Tips to Help Your Home Inspection

March 10, 2015

Your Home Inspector will be conducting a visual inspection of your home and will need complete access to all interior and exterior areas.  The inspector will also observe the operation of the major appliances in the home (furnace, water heater, air conditioner, kitchen appliances) using normal controls.  The inspector will not typically move personal items, and following these tips will greatly help your home inspection process

  • Make sure your pets won’t hinder your home inspection. They should be removed from the premises. Tell your agent about any pets at home.
  • Confirm that that the water, electrical and gas services are turned on and appliances in operational condition.
  • As much as possible, organize or remove items from under sinks to allow clear observation of plumbing.
  • Clear out any unnecessary clutter or storage items that block the view of the basement foundation walls.
  • Remove any clean dishes from your dishwasher, as the inspector may operate it during the inspection.
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs to avoid a "light is inoperable" report that may suggest an electrical problem.
  • A great time saver is to place sticky notes on switches to assist in identifying their purpose.
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries.
  • Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. They should fit securely.
  • Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electrical service panels, the water heater, attic and crawlspace.  Take extra care to remove personal items from the attic hatch area, as the inspector will need to place a ladder and enter the attic.
  • Unlock any doors that your home inspector must access, such as the garage door, attic door or crawlspace hatch, and any exterior gates.
  • Repair or replace any obviously broken or missing items.

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