Ensuring that your home is ready for the inspection can prevent unnecessary delays. For liability reasons, home inspectors are not required, nor advised to move items blocking access to areas that need to be inspected. If an Inspector has to return to inspect an inaccessible area in your home, you may be charged the additional fee for their return visit!
Make sure that the following list (where applicable) is complete:
All utilities are on
Pilot lights are lit (The gas provider will usually light pilots at no cost to the wner.)
Attic access doors are clear of clothing or stored items
Crawlspace entrances are not blocked or nailed in place
Water meter and main water lines are accessible
Hot water heater and surrounding area are accessible
Furnace and surrounding area are accessible
Air conditioning units and surrounding area are accessible
Electrical panels and sub panels are accessible
Decorative items from doors and windows are removed
Kitchen counter tops are clear. Remove items from the oven and dishwasher.
Foundation walls, especially the corners of the basement, are clear of stored items
The garage overhead and service doors are clear of items
Garage door is not locked or remote opener is left in the home.
Pets have been removed or are safely crated.
A Home Inspection can make or break a sale, ensuring that your home is completely ready will reduce your risk of delays, incomplete inspections, expensive return visits and most of all a frustrated buyer!