Ten Home Inspection Tips.
Sellers can speed their home inspection
by following these suggestions. The inspection will go smoother,
with fewer concerns to delay closing.
| 1. Confirm
that the water, electric and gas are on, with pilot lights burning.
pets won't hinder the inspection. Ideally, they should be removed
from the premises or secured
outside. Tell your agent about any pets at home.
Replace burned out bulbs to avoid a "Light is inoperable"
report that may suggest an electrical problem.
smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries.
and replace dirty HVAC air filters. They should fit securely.
stored items, debris and wood from foundation. These may be cited
as "conducive conditions" for
Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electric service
panels, water heaters, attic
and crawl spaces.
Unlock areas the inspector must access
- attic doors or hatches, electric service panels, closets,
fence gates and crawl spaces.
Trim tree limbs to 10' from roof and shrubs
from the house to allow access.
to broken or missing items like doorknobs, locks and latches; windowpanes,
screens and locks; gutters,
downspouts and chimney caps.
Checking these areas before your home inspection is an investment
in selling your property. Your real estate agent will thank you!