Ten Tips to Speed Your Home Inspection

Many home owners aren’t familiar with the home inspection process.  Consider the following list to help the home inspection go as smooth as possible.

1. Confirm that the water, electrical, and gas services are turned on and that pilots are lit.
2. Make sure your pets won’t hinder the inspection. Ideally they should be removed from the premises or secured outside.
3. Replace burned out light bulbs to avoid a “light is inoperable” report that may suggest an electrical problem.
4. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace dead batteries.
5. Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. They should fit properly.
6. Move stored items, debris and wood away from the foundation. These may be cited as conducive conditions for wood destroying organisms.
7. Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electric panels, water heaters, the attic, and crawl space.
8. Unlock any locked areas that your home inspector must access, such as the attic door or hatch, electrical service panels, door to the basement, and exterior gates.
9. Trim tree limbs so they are at least ten feet from the roof. Trim shrubs that are too close to the house and can hide pests or hold moisture against the exterior.
10. Repair or replace any broken or missing items such as door knobs, locks and latches, window panes and screens, gutters, downspouts and extensions, and chimney caps.

I could add dozens more items but this is a fairly simple list that most home owners should be able to tackle in a weekend.  Your attention to these items can help minimize findings, producing a more attractive inspection report assisting in the sale of your home.  For more Racine home inspection related information please see my blog at http://racinehomeinspector.com/blog/.


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