Certified by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors

Preparing for Your Inspection

For Home Buyers:

1) Ask your agent to call the listing agent to confirm that:

  • All utilities are on and pilot lights lit (if applicable.)
  • The electrical panel, water main and gas meter are unlocked by the utility companies and/or the city.
  • They will be there or will send a representative to let the inspector into the interior of the home.
  • Pets won't hinder the home inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from the premises or secured outside. Let your inspector know about any pets at the property.
  • Items are not blocking access to HVAC equipment, electrical service panels, the water heater, attic  and crawlspace.
  • Any locked areas that your home inspector must access, such as the attic door or hatch, the access to the crawlspace or basement, and any exterior gates are unlocked the day of the inspection.


2) Plan to be at the inspection. If you can’t attend the entire inspection, do your best to be there for at least 

    the last half hour in order to become familiar with the home and its systems, including where the home’s

    water and gas shutoffs are and where the fuse box is, as well as specifically what repairs the inspector

    recommends and why.

3) All contracts must be signed and payment made prior to the scheduled inspection so that your report 

    can be released to you. If you have not signed contracts or made payment prior to day of inspection, be

    prepared to do so on-site before the inspection commences.



For Home Sellers:

1) Have licensed contractors who are familiar with building codes evaluate and properly repair your roof,

    furnace, A/C, water heater, electrical and plumbing.

2) Confirm that the water, electrical and gas services are turned on (including pilot lights) and the electrical

    panel, water main and gas meter are unlocked by the utility companies and/or the city.

3) Make sure your pets will not hinder your home inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from the

    premises or secured outside. Let your inspector know about any pets at the property.

4) Replace burned-out light bulbs to avoid a "light is inoperable" report that may suggest an electrical

    problem. Repair or replace any broken or missing items, such as door knobs, locks or latches,

    windowpanes or screens, chimney caps, gutters or downspouts, etc.

5) Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace any dead batteries.

6) Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. They should fit securely.

7) Remove stored items, debris and wood from the foundation. These may be cited as "conducive

    conditions" for wood destroying organisms.

8) Unlock and remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electrical service panels, the water

    heater, attic, crawlspace and any exterior gates.

9) Have tree limbs trimmed so that they are at least 10 feet away from the roof.  Trim any shrubs that are

    too close to the house and can hide pests or hold moisture against the exterior.

10) All contracts must be signed and payment made prior to the scheduled inspection so that your report  

      can be released to you. If you have not signed contracts or made payment prior to day of inspection,

      be prepared to do so on-site before the inspection commences.