How to Prepare for Your Home Inspection

A home inspector goes through a very thorough checklist looking at literally everything. Prepare for the inspection to avoid unnecessary blemishes on the report.

Here are some quick things to double-check before your home inspection:

  • Keep receipts of any maintenance or routine services you’ve ever had on your home or its components. Have them organized and ready to show to inspectors and buyers. For example, chimney swept, furnace serviced, filters changed in HVAC, water heater serviced, etc.

  • Clear out the clutter in spaces like basement, attic, garage, and crawl spaces. Inspectors will need to get in there to check for moisture or damage. If we can’t access it, we’ll mark it as “uninspectable” which could prolong the process.

  • Make sure the inspector has access to the electrical panel, furnace, and water heater.

  • Lock up pets while the inspector walks through.

  • Make sure light bulbs are working and not burnt out. If light bulbs aren’t working, it could be a sign of electrical issues.

  • Run water in every sink and bath to check for clogs. Clear any minor clogs with Drano or Liquid Plumber before the inspection, as this could signify a plumbing issue in the report.

  • Replace filters in the HVAC system. Dirty air filters compromise the air quality in the home and will raise a red flag for the inspector.

  • Slope dirt away from the foundation on the exterior. This will avoid basement water issues, which is a top thing inspectors look for.

  • Repair any cracked windows or broken screens.

  • Proactively address any bugs with spray or professional extermination, especially carpenter ants or termites. Any sign of an infestation will alert an inspector.

  • Cap unused gas lines, chimneys, and flues to prevent debris and clogs. If caps are missing, toxic fumes could be released into the house.

  • Trim trees that are touching or close to the roof. Low-hanging branches can raise the possibility of roof damage and give rodents access to chimneys and other openings.

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