Preparing Your Home for a Home Inspection
Congratulations! Your home has been on the market and you now have a “Contract to Buy”. Let’s get ready to have our home inspected by a licensed, professional Home Inspector!
Your Inspector will need access to the following items. Make sure pathways are clear to these areas. The Buyer of your home expects the Inspector to check these areas carefully:
- Electrical panels
- HVAC units (clear access needed in Attics and Crawl spaces if located there. Trim bushes back around outside units so that the Inspector can reach these easily)
- Water Heaters
- Access to all Attic areas (pull down stairs, scuttle holes, etc.) Have clothes removed from closets that contain a ‘scuttle-hole’ access in the ceiling of that closet. Protect your belongings – dirt and insulation WILL fall from the attic when the hatch is opened.
- Crawl spaces and Basement areas (Make sure keys are available and labeled if these doors are locked).
- Plumbing. Clear spaces under Kitchen and Bathroom sinks to give the Inspector a clear view
- Garages/Carports – clear pathways are needed around the wall and perimeters. Remove parked vehicles from Garage
- Provide keys for all deadbolts and storage areas (including Out Buildings if they are part of the Inspection
All Utilities must be “on” prior to the Inspection date. These include:
- Natural Gas (if present)
- Propane (if present), Make sure there is propane in the tank to test those appliances.
Keep in mind that Utility companies typically require 3-5 days to turn on utilities that have been turned off.
- Make sure all light bulbs are in place and operational prior to the Inspection.
- Replace batteries in smoke detectors throughout the house.
- Remove valuables/breakables from windows to avoid damage. Consider leaving shades and blinds open. These are often fragile or loose and we do check window operation.
- Have the house neat and tidy so that your Inspector can move freely through the Rooms and Hallways.
- Clear belongings from ovens/ranges and out of sinks/tubs so these items can be checked.
- Pilot lights for fireplaces, furnaces, water heaters, etc. should be lit.
- Remove racks hanging on the backs of doors in Bathrooms and Bedrooms so that these doors can be opened and closed easily.
- Leave a note if anything should not be tested or any plumbing should not be operated. We fill tubs and sinks.
- If the home has been ‘winterized’, schedule it to be properly de-winterized. Make sure all plumbing fixtures (including toilets) are fully operational prior to the Inspection.
- Your Real Estate Agent likely had you prepare a “Seller’s Disclosure” document. Have a copy on the Kitchen counter for the Inspector to review.
- Leave receipts for recent repairs and service calls on the Kitchen counter for review.
- Leave a note if you know something might be hard to find (e.g. electrical panel, GFCI receptacle).
- Remove your pets from the property during the inspection (if possible). Pets will often try to sneak outside and we don’t want to risk any escapes! Strangers in the house (Inspectors, Buyers, and Agents) are often upsetting to our Pets. We don’t want bad things to happen.
Expect your Inspector to spend some private time with the Buyer in the house at the time of the Inspection. We will be discussing the inspection report and might need to walk through the house together. This is a normal part of the Inspection process.
The Inspector that comes to your home understands that selling the home can be a stressful event. We will do everything we can to minimize this anxiety but your cooperation in preparing your home for the inspection goes a long way, too. Thank you for your help!