How to Prepare for Your Home Inspection

To ensure a smooth home inspection, pay attention to the following items. Many of these can be repaired with little or no cost and will indicate to the home inspector and buyer that your home has been well maintained.

Here are some ideas you may wish to consider:

  • Make sure all of your utilities are on.
  • Divert all water away from your home, which may include extending downspouts and sump pump drains.
  • Trim trees and foliage back from the foundation, roof, siding, chimney and outdoor AC unit.
  • Have the chimney, fireplace and/or wood-stove professionally cleaned if it has not been done within the last 6 months.
  • Replace your furnace and AC filters.
  • Wipe all dirt and dust from the water heater and furnace.
  • Ensure the area under all sinks is clear for access to plumbing.
  • Remove all dryer lint from the lint catcher inside the dryer and ensure the outside dryer vent is clean.
  • Correct any leaks or slow drips from shower heads, diverters and sinks. Check that all toilets are secured to the floor, flush properly and all seats are tight.
  • Wipe all air vents and returns of any dust and debris.
  • Ensure all light bulbs are in working order inside and outside.
  • Test all smoke detectors to ensure proper operation.
  • Empty and clean all appliances (including dishwasher, microwave, clothes washer/dryer, etc.)
  • Check that all windows and doors open, close and lock.
  • Clear access to the attic and/or crawlspace.
  • Ensure your home is clean and "show ready." This will leave an overall better impression to the inspector and buyer.
  • Unlock any gates, doors or fuse boxes that you normally keep locked. Leave out remotes for any appliances, fireplaces, fans and garage doors.
  • Leave your home with your pets for the entire inspection. It’s important for the buyers to feel comfortable openly asking questions to the inspector about their future home. Inspectors are notoriously early, so please leave at least 20 minutes ahead of the appointment.

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