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TIPS: Getting Your Home Ready For the Home Inspection



·        Make sure your door bell is functional.

·        Seal all large cracks in the driveway and sidewalk.

·        Make sure all exterior doors are functional and locks and dead bolts are functional.

·        Trim all tree branches and shrubs away from the house.

·        Replace all damaged window screens.

·        Make sure all exterior lights are functional. (often times it is simply a bad bulb)

·        Make sure all exterior GFCI outlets are functional.

·        Clean fins on Air Conditioner (Recommend annual service)

·        Make sure all exterior crawlspace entrees are accessible.

·        Clean gutters.

·        Make sure downspout extensions are installed and extended 5 feet from the foundation.

·        Chimneys for wood burning fireplaces that are used a lot should be swept annually. Keep a record.

·        Tuck point any areas where the mortar has deteriorated. (Brick and stone.)

·        Remove and replace any deteriorated or missing caulking around exterior doors and windows.

·        Replace any deteriorated siding or trim.

·        Scrape and re paint any areas that have peeling paint.

·        Clean up any pet waste in the yard

·        Clean up and haul off any debris stored around the house.

·        Make sure that the terminations of all buried downspout extensions are accessible and clear of debris.

·        Make sure your sprinkler system is functional.

·        Repair or replace any leaning fences, missing or damaged pickets, loose rails.

·        Make sure all gates are functional.





·        Have the house clean and picked up.

·        Leave keys for any out buildings, gates or electrical panels.

·        Make sure that these areas are accessible:

o       Attics. If the access is in a closet make sure clothes are removed under the access.

o       Crawlspace access panels

o       Main water shut off valves

o       Furnace

o       Water heater

o       Sump pits ( don’t hide your sump pit)

o       Windows

·        Make sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are installed and functioning. Detectors should be replaced every 7 to 10 years.

·        Make sure all appliances are working properly.

·        Make sure all pilot lights are lit. Furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces, appliances. (Inspectors are usually not covered by insurance to light pilot lights) You don’t want to have to have a re inspection because appliances could not be operated.

·        Change dirty furnace filters

·        If your furnace has not been serviced within the last 12 months consider having it serviced prior to the inspection. (Keep record)

·        Make sure that all windows operate smoothly and are accessible.

·        Make sure interior doors latch.

·        Make sure hand and guard rails are secure.

·        Clean dryer vent. (Chimney Sweep)

·        Make sure all lights are functioning ( replace any bad bulbs)

·        Make sure that all circuits in your electrical panel boxes are properly labeled.

·        Make sure all GFCI outlets are functional.

·        Make sure all electrical outlets, switches and junction boxes have cover plates.

·        Make sure toilets flush properly.

·        Remove and replace any deteriorated or mildewed caulking around showers and tubs.

·        Check under all sinks for possible leaks.

·        Verify that the sump pump is working properly.  If you do not have a sump pump in the pit and you have water up to the foundation drains I would recommend installing a pump.

·        Make sure that fire doors leading to the garage have self closing hardware that brings the door to a full closed position.

·        Make sure that garage safety features are functional. Photo beams and reverse upon obstruction.


If you complete this check list the majority of the items checked by a home inspector will have been taken care of.