Home Inspections can be stressful, we don’t think they have to be! By properly preparing yourself and your home you can relax and let the inspector do their job. Here are some helpful tips that will lead to Inspection Success!
Any stored items should be moved as far away from the structure; stored firewood in particular should be moved as far away from the house as is reasonable.
Check the siding and trim for any damages and repair as needed.
Repair any missing caulking around doors, windows and over nail heads.
Make sure all exterior doors and door knobs/deadbolts are operating properly. You may wish to repair any damaged weather stripping.
ROOFING & GUTTERS:
Clean all moss and debris off the roof. Use a pressure washer only if absolutely necessary. A broom or blower is preferred.
Repair any damaged or missing roofing. Avoid using mastic or caulking as a repair as it is considered a temporary repair only and may be called out by the inspector.
Clean out gutters and repair any damages to the gutters such as rust through or sagging.
Make sure all downspouts are properly diverted away from the house, either with elbows and splash blocks or drain lies.
Check the garage door opener and adjust it as needed so it properly reverses against pressure.
Make sure the garage door itself is operating properly and repair as needed.
If the home is newer with solid core, self-closing door to the interior, make sure the door closes and seals properly by itself, with the weather stripping intact.
KITCHEN, UTILITY, & BATHROOMS:
Check for leaks under the sinks and around the faucets, repairing as needed.
Look for possible floor damage around toilets and adjacent to tubs and showers. If found, damages may need further evaluation by a contractor.
Make sure that all grout and caulking is in good repair. This includes tub and shower surrounds along the floor in front of tubs and showers.
Check to be sure all fixtures, fans and appliances are working properly.
INTERIOR & ATTIC:
Check interior doors and windows to make sure they are operating properly. This is particularly important for bedroom windows.
Make sure smoke detectors are in place and functional.
Remove any stored items from the attic space. Check to be sure all fan ducts are properly connected and venting outside the attic space. Repair if not.
Make sure all light switches are functional and any burned out lights are replaced.
Check your water heater for any leaking or damage. If present, repair or replacement may be needed.
Make sure the water heater pilot light is on.
HEATING & COOLING:
Inspect your furnace filter and change, or clean, if dirty.
Regarding air conditioning, make sure all debris is cleaned away from the exterior compressor.
ON THE DAY OF THE INSPECTION:
Make sure all animals are secured.
Make sure all utilities are on.
Remove any locks on outside gates, which prevent full access to the exterior.
Be sure there is total and complete access to the following areas:
Electrical Pane. (Panel cover will need to be removed)
Furnace. (Furnace cover will also need to be removed)
Attic Space. (Inspector will need to access inside attic space)
Crawl Space. (Especially if it is inside a closet full of stored items)
All bedrooms and living areas.
All exterior surfaces, siding, decks, etc…