10 Tips to Help Your Home Inspection Go Smooth & Fast!
1. Make sure the water, electrical and gas service are on and that pilot lights are lit.
2. Make sure pets won’t hinder the inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from the premises or secured outside. Tell your agent about any pets at home.
3. Replace burnt-out light bulbs to avoid a “light is inoperable” report that may suggest an electrical problem.
4. Test smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors and replace dead batteries.
5. Clean or replace dirty HVAC filters with correct size.
6. Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electrical service panels, water heaters, the attic and the crawlspace.
7. Move stored items, debris and wood away from the foundation. This allows inspection of the area and may be cited as conductive conditions for pest and/or termites.
8. Unlock any area that your home inspector must access such as attic door or hatch, electrical service panel, basement or crawlspace door and any exterior gates.
9. Trim tree limbs so that they are at least 10′ from the roof. Trim any shrubs that are too close that can hide pests or hold moisture against the exterior.
10. Repair any broken or missing items such as doorknobs, locks and latches, windowpanes and screens, gutters and downspouts and chimney caps. Checking and repairing these items before your home inspection is an investment in selling your property.
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