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