Preparing For A Home Inspection

Preparing For A Home Inspection

Save yourself time and money by checking these items and doing a few quick fixes to prepare before the home inspector comes: 

 

  •  Check all light bulbs, inside and out. Replace any that are missing or burned out. 

  •  Tighten all door hardware and make sure all doors latch when closed. 

  •  Make sure there is full access to the Water Heater, Electric Panel Box, sprinkler controller, and attic. 

  •  Change air filters and clean registers & returns.

  •  Make sure all sink stoppers work, bath tub also. 

  •  Make sure no plumbing fixtures leak… sinks, tubs, showers, and outside hose bibs. 

  •  Clean any slow drains. 

  •  Tighten loose commodes. 

  •  If your dishwasher has a separate power switch, be sure it is on. 

  •  Check garage door openers, make sure sensors work properly, and door locks are disabled if garage door opener is in place. 

  •  Check all windows to make sure they open, and latch properly. Make sure blinds are not going to fall on the inspector when they try to open or close them. 

  •  If there is a jetted tub, run it prior to the inspection to clean it out. Also, if it has a separate switch for power, be sure this is on. Inspectors won’t go looking for it and if there is no power, they will just list it as a non-working deficient item. 

  •  Leave any remote for lights, fans, fireplace or gate opener out in open, easy to find. 

  •  Caulk windows, doors, showers and bathtubs. 

  •  Trim trees off of the house. 

  •  Seller should leave, and plan to be gone for 3-4 hours. 

  •  Pets should be removed; crated pets bark and are miserable with inspector and buyer in the house.

  •  Unlock gates. 

  •  Clean any pet waste. 

  •  If you have “phantom” self-closing doors… I have heard of people removing one of the hinge pins… laying it on the curb, and giving it one whack with a hammer in the middle of the shaft… then putting it back in the hinge.


I hope you have found this checklist helpful and you have a clean inspection report on your home!


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