Project Guide

Preparing for a Home Inspection

1
MAKE MINOR REPAIRS
Make minor repairs - Preparing Home Inspection
  • Replace burnt-out light bulbs. 
  • Fix plumbing leaks. 
  • Install clean air filters in your heater and air conditioner. 
  • Hire a professional to clean your chimney. 
  • Fix all appliances (if they are included in the sale). 
  • Check for mold and mildew under counters and in closets, the basement and the attic. 
  • Repair any visible water damage.
2
PREP OUTSIDE
Prep outside - Preparing Home Inspection
  • Unlock exterior doors for easy access. 
  • Clear debris from gutters and downspouts. 
  • Trim shrubs away from the foundation. 
  • Make your outdoor crawl space accessible. 
  • Open the garage. 
  • Remove cars and store or move items in the garage so there is at least 3 feet of clearance from the walls.
3
PREP INSIDE
Prep inside - Preparing Home Inspection
  • Pull down attic stairs and remove anything blocking them. 
  • Empty the attic. 
  • Move boxes and furniture away from the electrical box, furnace and water heater. 
  • Turn on all utilities. 
  • Ensure that the electrical-box cover can be removed easily.
4
FULL DISCLOSURE
Full disclosure - Preparing Home Inspection
  • Keep repair and service records and invoices on hand. 
  • Present documentation and permits for your pool, deck, basement renovation or home addition. 
  • Disclose any shortcomings, such as leaks or roof problems.
5
INSPECTION DAY
Inspection day - Preparing Home Inspection
  • Find a place to send your children and pets. 
  • Make sure that your Realtor has all the documents, if you plan to be out. 
  • Keep out of the way until your help is needed, if you plan to stay.