10 THINGS TO DO BEFORE AN INSPECTION
10 THINGS SELLERS CAN DO TO EASE THE INSPECTION PROCESS
1. Turn on all utilities. What is not on, can not be inspected.
2. Make sure that pets will not hinder access to any areas of the home.
3. Replace burned out light bulbs. This will avoid “light inoperable” notations on the report.
4. Test smoke and CO detectors and replace dead batteries.
5. Clean and replace dirty HVAC filters. They should fit securely.
6. Remove all items blocking any mechanical system devices; HVAC equipment, water heater, electric service panel, attic and crawlspace access.
7. Unlock areas the inspector will need to access; perimeter gates, electric panels, attic door/hatch.
8. Remove stored items, wood/lumber, debris from the foundation perimeter, these may be cited as “conducive conditions” for wood destroying insects.
9. Trim tree limbs so they are at least 10’ away from the roof. Trim any shrubs that are close enough to the siding that they may hide pests, or hold moisture against the exterior.
10. Repair or replace missing and broken items such as door knobs, locks, latches, window screens and panes, gutters and down spouts and chimney caps / spark arrestors.
Taking care of these simple items are an investment in selling a home that will assist in avoiding some of the challenges presented in finding the right buyer.