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Tips For A Smoother Home Inspection


Sellers can help make the home inspection go smoother, with fewer concerns to delay closing, by following these 10 tips:

  1. Confirm that water, electric and gas service are on, with gas pilot lights burning.
  2. Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electrical service panels, water heaters, attic and crawlspaces. (inspector must have access to all of these)
  3. Ensure pets won't hinder the inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from the premises or secured outside. Tell your agent about any pets that will be in the home.
  4. Replace burned out bulbs to avoid a "light is inoperable" report that may suggest an electrical problem.
  5. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries.
  6. Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. They should fit securely.
  7. Remove stored items, debris and wood from foundation. These may be cited as "conducive conditions" for termites.
  8. Unlock areas the inspector must access - attic doors or hatches, electric service panels, closets, fence gates and crawl spaces.
  9. Trim tree limbs from above the roof and shrubs from the house to allow access.
  10. Attend to broken or missing items like doorknobs, locks and latches, window panes, screens and locks, gutters, downspouts and chimney caps.

Checking these areas before your home inspection is an investment in selling your property. Your real estate agent will thank you!