Preparing Your House For A Home Inspection

Dated: August 15 2020

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Preparing Your House For A Home Inspection Preparing Your House For A Home Inspection

Have you ever wondered what a home inspector will be looking at and how you can prepare for a home inspection?  Many of these items are regular maintenance items for a home and can be done with little or no cost.  This list may be helpful in preparing for your home inspection.


1.       Remove soil and mulch from contact with the siding. Six or more inches of clearance is preferred.

2.       Clean debris from the roof and clean out the gutters.

3.       Divert all water away from the house: i.e. downspouts, condensation drains, and such.

4.       Trim trees, roots and bushes back from the foundation, roof, siding and chimney.

5.       Replace and paint all rotten wood.  Paint all weathered exterior wood and caulk around the trim,  chimney, window and doors.

6.       Seal or point up all masonry chimney caps.

7.       Point up any falling mortar joints in brick or block.

8.       Clean or replace HVAC filers.  Clean dirty air returns.

9.       Test all smoke detectors to ensure they are in safe working condition.

10.   Ensure that all doors and windows are in proper working order, including repairing or replacing any cracked or fogged window panes.  Sand down any doors that stick when closing/opening.

11.   Ensure that all plumbing fixtures (toilet, tub, shower and sinks) are in proper working condition.  Check for and fix any leaks. Caulk around fixtures, if necessary.

12.   Test all GFCI receptacles for proper operation.

13.   Replace any burned out light bulbs.

14.   Remove rotting wood and/or firewood from contact with the house.

15.   Check that crawl space is properly vented and that all vents are in proper working condition.

16.   Remove paints, solvents, gas, and similar materials from crawl space, garage, attic, porch and other areas.

17.   Have clear access to attic, crawl space, heating system, garage and other areas that will need to be inspection.

18.   If the house is vacant, make sure that all utilities are turned on, including water, electric, gas, water heater, furnace, air conditioning and breakers at the main panel. A complete inspection can not be done if all these are not turned on, and the Inspection Company will charge you to make a second trip.

19.   Please be aware that a licensed contractor should perform all roofing, electrical, heat & air conditioning, and plumbing repairs.


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