You're selling your home and you've negotiated a contract with a buyer! More often than not, the buyer(s) will want to a home inspection done for your property. Here's a useful checklist to help you prepare for the day the inspector's coming!
1- Make sure that all electrical panels and sub panels are clear for access. This includes the removal of any obstructions such as shelving or cabinets as well as any storage directly in front of the panel(s)
2- Make sure that hot water tanks are clear for access on all sides where possible, and insure that the data plate for the water heater is visible where possible. Sometimes this requires opening of the insulated foil jacket around some tanks found in unconditioned (uninsulated) areas.
3- Make sure that any furnaces are clear for access and inspections on all sides
4- Make sure that any crawlspace hatches are cleared for access where applicable
5- Make sure that all breakables are removed from window areas and that all blinds/window coverings are raised if possible.
6- When de cluttering do not store contents in sink/plumbing cabinets or in front of furnaces, electrical panels, water heaters, access hatches, or other areas where the inspector will require access.
7- If the attic access hatch is in a walk-in closet or other closet areas where falling insulation may be an issue, make sure to remove or protect all clothing or storage from the closet that would be affected, as well as the removal of any attached shelving in closets that may impede the inspector’s access.
This would include making sure that access hatches are not screwed nor painted shut.
Falling insulation is inevitable when the hatch is located in a closet and most inspectors will use tarps/sheets to protect belongings, however content and clothing/fabric manipulation can add significant time to an inspection, and there are also privacy issues.
8- Make sure that all sub sink plumbing areas including laundry sinks are free of storage and contents.
We recommend a cardboard box for these items, and also recommend that they are not placed in other areas where the inspector may have to access (Example: Bathtub/on top of crawlspace access hatch)
9- Insure that all vehicles are removed from garages and carports.
10- If the home is vacant or it is not inspected during the heating season, make sure that any boilers are operational prior to the home inspection
11- If the home is vacant or it not inspected during the heating season, make sure that any furnaces are operational prior to the home inspection
12- If the home is vacant or it not inspected during the heating season, make sure that any oil burning systems have fuel for testing and are operational prior to the home inspection
13- If the home is vacant, insure that the main water supply is on prior to the inspection
14- If the home is vacant , make sure that the water heater has been turned on prior to the inspection
15- If the home is vacant or it is not the heating season, make sure that any gas or propane fired appliances are on prior to the inspection (pilots)
16- If the home is vacant make sure that the main electrical power has been turned on prior to the home inspection.
17- Make sure that “indoor only” pets or pets that are not friendly to strangers have been temporarily relocated prior to the inspection. This included tenants residing in rental properties.
QUICK CHECK LIST
1- Electrical panel cleared for access? Power on?
2- Main water supply on?
3- Water heater cleared for access?
4- Furnace/boiler cleared for access? Systems on? Fuel provided? (Oil), Pilot lights lit?
5- Gas/propane fireplaces on? Pilot lights lit?
6- Crawlspace hatch clear for access? Fasteners removed (if applicable)?
7- Breakables removed from window areas/ window coverings opened?
8- Clothing or attached shelving or contents removed to access attic or crawlspace hatches?
9- Sub sink cabinets cleared of storage/contents?
10- Vehicles removed from garage?
11- High maintenance pets relocated