How to Prepare for Your Home Inspection

How to Prepare for Your Home Inspection
How to Prepare for Your Home Inspection

There are a number of matters homeowners can attend to in order to help the residence inspection go easily and ensure a great result:

  • Making sure all utilities (electrical, water and gasoline) are turned on on
  • Exchanging burned out bulbs and faulty switches
  • Repairing/replacing broken, damaged or missing important security items like to door knobs, locks, damaged window glass, window screens and many others
  • Having all Heating and Cooling equipment serviced, and cleaning or changing air filters
  • Cleansing rain gutters and making certain downspouts are accurately connected and draining away from your foundation
  • Ensure that pilot lights for water heaters, fireplaces, etc. are all lit
  • Move any stored objects away from your home’s foundation and garage walls
  • Clear below cupboard areas and sinks to prepare for plumbing fixture inspections
  • Don’t use fireplaces the day earlier than and day of the inspection; your fireplace needs to be cool and clean for inspection
  • Pets need to be restrained or removed from the residence for the entire length of the inspection
  • Place soiled dishes within the dishwasher with detergent as the inspector will run it as part of the inspection
  • Take down locks from gates or fences, closets, panel doors and so on
  • Dispose of objects that can restrict access or motion in attic or crawlspace
  • Ensure the electrical panel is obtainable
  • Deactivate all safety alarm systems

I know it sounds like a lot, but you should be able to get all of these points completed within an hour or two.  The Home Inspector I recommend to all my clients, Matt Leahy with The Edge Home Inspection, will surely appreciate the proper set up and will be able to complete your home inspection smoothly and the results should be great!  Give me a call today if you have any other questions about home inspections, or check out our Home Inspection video in the Tucson Home Buying Process to walk you through everything!