10 Tips to Speed Up Your Home Inspection
- Confirm that that the water, electrical and gas services are turned on (including pilot lights).
- Make sure your pets won't hinder your home inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from the premises or secured outside. Tell your agent about any pets at home.
- Replace burned-out light bulbs to avoid a "light is inoperable" report that may suggest an electrical problem.
- Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries.
- Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. They should fit securely.
- Remove stored items, debris, and wood from the foundation, These may be cited as "conducive conditions" for termites.
- Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electrical service panels, the water heater, attic, and crawl space.
- Unlock any locked areas that I must access, such as the attic door or hatch, the electrical service panel, the door to the basement, and any exterior gates.
- Trim tree limbs so that they're at least 10 feet away from the roof. Trim any shrubs that are too close to the house and can hide pests or hold moisture against the exterior.
- Repair or replace any broken or missing items, such as doorknobs, locks or latches, window panes or screens, gutters, or downspouts, or chimney caps.
Checking these areas before your home inspection is an investment in selling your property. Better yet, have me ensure that your home is Move-In Certified. Your real estate agent will thank you!