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.
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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