Sellers can speed-up their home inspection and have a cleaner inspection report by following these simple suggestions. The inspection will go smoother, with fewer concerns/issues that could delay closing.
Ensure that the water, electric and gas services are on, with gas pilot lights lit.
Ensure pets won't hinder the inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from premises or secured outside. Tell your agent about any pets at home.
Replace burned out bulbs to avoid a "Light is inoperable" report comment that may suggest an electrical problem.
Test GFCI receptacles to ensure proper operation. Replace inoperable units to avoid a report comment to do so.
Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. They should fit securely.
Remove stored items, debris and wood from foundation. These may be cited as "conducive conditions" for wood destroying oganisms/insects.
Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electric service panels, water heaters, attics and crawl spaces.
Unlock areas the inspector must access - attic doors or hatches, electric service panels, closets, fence gates and crawl spaces.
Trim tree limbs to 10' from the roof and shrubs from the house to allow access and to avoid report recommendations to do so.
Attend to broken or missing items like doorknobs, locks and latches; windowpanes, screens and locks; gutters, downspouts and chimney caps.
Checking these items before your home inspection is a worthwhile investment in selling your property. Your real estate agent will thank you!