How to Prepare your Home for Inspection

How to Prepare your Home for Inspection

03-07-2019

Ito Group Home Inspections created this quick guide to help prepare your home for inspection, and reduce the amount of items that appear on the inspection report for buyers: 

  • All utilities need to be on.
  • Water
  • Electricity
  • Gas
  • The areas around the electric panel, water heater, furnace, and A/C need to be clear and accessible.
  • Unlock all gates.
  • Attic access and landing areas need to be clear and accessible.
  • Closets need to be cleared to access crawl space beneath the floor area.
  • If you have a gas fireplace, leave the gas key on the mantle where it is clearly visible.
  • The dishwasher needs to be empty.
  • Secure pets in kennels, or temporarily remove them from the property.
  • Remove all pet waste from the property.
  • If you have a swimming pool, remove all debris and apply water treatment as needed.
  • Ensure there are smoke detectors in each bedroom, hallway, and on each floor level, and that they are working properly.
  • Replace missing or broken switches and electrical outlet cover plates.
  • Replace or repair leaking faucets.
  • Tighten all door knobs.
  • Repair or replace weather stripping on exterior doors.
  • Caulk the edges of doors and windows on the exterior side.
  • Replace damaged or missing window screens.
  • Replace cracked or broken panes of glass in doors and windows.
  • Ensure each light socket in the home has a working bulb.
  • Tighten all hand and stair railings.
  • Patch holes and cracks in walls and ceilings and repaint those areas.
  • Replace heating and AC air filters.
  • Be prepared to leave your home for 3-4 hours to allow the inspector and potential buyer(s) to thoroughly inspect the property.