A Checklist for Preparing Your Home for Inspection

Exterior

  • Be prepared with any documentation or repair records for decks, additions, finished basements, and the like.
  • All exterior doors should be accessible.
  • All door locks should be operable.
  • Remove debris from gutters/downspouts.

Interior

  • All interior areas should be accessible.
  • Crawl space access should be clear.
  • Remove belongings from storage rooms.
  • Make sure the stairs to the attic can be pulled down without endangering belongings or people.
  • Attics should be empty so that the inspection includes the entire area.
  • Remove personal belongings from closets.

Electrical

  • The electrical panel needs to be accessible to the inspector.  For easier access, remove anything blocking the panel.
  • Ensure the electrical panel has an inspection sticker.
  • Remove “creative wiring,”  such as extension cords used in attic, interior and exterior.

Plumbing

  • To prevent any water damage, fix or let the inspector know about any leaks prior to inspection.

Heating and Air Conditioning

  • Install a clean filter.
  • Consider having the unit cleaned and serviced, especially if it has been a while since the unit was last serviced.
  • Maintain all repair invoices.

Fireplace/Chimney

  • Consider having the fireplace and chimney cleaned by a chimney-sweep before the inspection, especially if it has been a while since it was last cleaned.

Pets

  • It is best that pets be removed from the premises during the inspection.
  • Keep in mind that the inspector needs access to the entire home, so keeping the pets in the garage or the backyard is not a good idea.

Utilities

  • All utilities (electricity, gas, and water) should be on and all pilot lights lit so the inspector will not need to return to finish the inspection.
  • Replace any burned-out light bulbs.

Foundation

  • Remove wood, debris, or stored items away from the foundation.