In order for the inspection to go smoothly, with fewer concerns to delay closing, sellers and real estate agents can assist the inspector by following the below suggestions:
- Confirm that all utilities are ON and functioning. This includes water, electric, and gas. Appliances or fireplaces with gas pilot lights should be burning and ready for use.
- At Pinpoint Home Inspections, we love pets! Unfortunately, not all pets love us. Make sure animals are secure during the inspection. If your pets are loose, make sure the inspector knows. This will allow us to make sure all doors stay closed and no one goes missing.
- Check all light fixtures and replace any burned out bulbs to avoid confusion.
- Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace dead batteries.
- Replace dirty air filters and write the date on the new filter.
- Remove debris and wood from around the foundation; these may be cited as “conducive conditions” for termites.
- Remove all items that may block access to HVAC equipment, electric service panels, water heaters, attics, and crawl spaces.
- Unlock areas the inspector must access – attic doors or hatches, electric service panels, closets, fence gates, and crawl spaces.
- Trim vegetation around the home that may block access or view of the foundation/siding. Tree limbs should be 10’ from the home.
- Attend to any broken or missing items like doorknobs, locks and latches, windowpanes, screens and locks, gutters, downspouts, and chimney caps.
By following these simple steps, you can avoid unnecessary remarks on the inspection report.