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!