Basic Home Inspection Preparation Checklist

Service and Follow Up After the Sale

A few simple steps you can take to insure a faster, smoother home inspection:

  • Allow between 2 – 3 hours for the inspection, depending on the size of your home. To provide the inspector and the purchaser the privacy to discuss the merits of the home freely, visit a friend or relative, or take the kids out for a bite to eat or to a movie during the inspection.
  • Try not to have dogs or other pets in the house during the inspection, or at least confine them to a cage to prevent possible bites or escapes out the door while the inspector is coming and going.
  • Make sure all the utilities are turned-on and all pilot lights are lit.
  • Clear all items obstructing access to the attic and crawl space openings. This is especially important for attic access doors inside closets. Remove enough clothes to make room for a ladder and cover the remaining clothes with a sheet to prevent them from being soiled by falling insulation or other debris. Also move any cars blocking access to the garage attic area.
  • Provide clear access to all areas, systems and components, including the electric panel, furnace, sump pit, etc.
  • Have the furnace and air-conditioning units cleaned prior to the inspection.
  • Check for and replace any burned out light bulbs to avoid “inoperable fixture” notations on the inspection report. Note any switches that are not connected.
  • Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, replace batteries as necessary
  • Remove clothes from inside and above the washer and dryer.
  • Empty the dishwasher.
  • Remove items from the tops of toilet tanks.
  • Repair all missing or broken hardware, such as doorknobs, locks, window locks, glass panes, screens, gutters, chimney caps, etc.
  • Alert the home inspector to any safety issues or anything that should not be operated. Examples: “Don’t operate the basement closet door, because it may fall off its hinges.” Or “Don’t turn off wall switch that operates the computer in the northeast bedroom.”

I will contact you to schedule the inspection when the buyers’ agent has informed me of their preference. If you have any questions or concerns, let me know.