Preparing for Your Inspection
For Home Buyers:
1) Ask your agent to call the listing agent to confirm that:
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.