As Realtors know, the home inspection is an important part of the home buying and selling process. This checklist for Realtors and Sellers will allow the home inspection to proceed as efficiently as possible.
Please be certain that:
- Doors are open or that keys/garage door openers are readily accessible.
- Gas, water and electric utilities are on – especially for vacant or bank owned properties.
- Pilot lights are lit, hot water tanks and heating systems are operable, appliances are connected and that all water valves are “on”.
- Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are operable – replace batteries if necessary.
- Disarm alarm systems because appearances by police and fire departments during inspections are disruptive.
- Replace burned out light bulbs – proper illumination is essential to the home inspection process.
- There is easy access to the water meter, gas meter, electrical panel, HVAC systems, hot water tanks, attic and crawl spaces. Temporarily remove items that inhibit access.
- Empty washers and dryers.
- Remove dishes and clutter from kitchen countertops, sinks and cooking equipment.
Common courtesy will expedite the process and ensure a positive experience for all parties involved:
- If access to the property is required, be there at the appointed time.
- Control pets. Barking and/or jumping dogs or runaway cats is detrimental to the inspection process.
- Running a dishwasher, doing laundry, lawn watering, etc. are disruptive to the inspector’s testing procedures.
- Inquisitive or disruptive children are an impediment to the inspection process. This is a good time to visit Gramma and Grandpa.
- Clean up the yard. Buyers, Realtors and home inspectors do not enjoy stepping in doggie-do-do.
- Provide as much visibility as reasonably possible for garage walls, basement walls, attics, storage rooms, etc.
- If access panels are extraordinarily obscure, leave a note to assist the inspector in locating these panels.
Last . . . but certainly not least:
- If any repair or replacement work has been done recently, provide the inspector with copies of relevant paperwork.
- Have disclosure forms, engineering reports, point of sale information and/or any other pertinent documentation regarding the property available to the inspector.