Selling a home can be a long and stressful process. When you arrive at the point of having your home inspected you are nearing the end. The following are some tips to help the inspection go more smoothly.
1: Be sure that all windows operate correctly. Replace all damaged screens and make sure all functioning windows have screens.
2: Tighten all door knobs and tighten or repair all handrails. Also check to be sure that all interior doors will latch to the strike plate.
3: Make sure all interior and exterior light fixtures work. If an outdoor fixture bulb is out, the inspector has to note that the fixture does not operate correctly.
4: Provide access to the furnace, water heater and electrical panel. Also, the inspector must be able to remove the electrical panel cover. If the panel is locked, remove it.
5: Clear the way to the attic access panel or pull down, especially in a closet. The inspector will enter every attic. If you use your attic for storage, remove any items that will inhibit the inspector.
6: Install a new furnace filter and vacuum the register. It will be looked at during the inspection and be considered as a part of the overall condition of the furnace.
7: Provide keys or unlock sheds and outbuildings.
8: Remove or restrain pets on site.
9: Verify all utilities will be on at the time of inspection, and that gas pilots (including fireplaces) are lit.
10: Your Realtor may have suggestions that are specific to your home.