Items the homeowner can repair or take care of before the home inspection:
- Prune vegetation away from the house.
- Clean the gutters.
- Replace or clean dirty furnace/HVAC filters.
- Repair leaking faucets.
- Install missing covers on electrical switches, outlets and junction boxes.
- Replace all smoke alarms installed before January 1, 2002 to comply with
- Replace burned out light bulbs.
- Pull soil 6" away from the siding, basement windows, foundation
- Install 6-8mil. black plastic vapor barrier in the crawlspace over exposed
- Make sure that the water heater is raised 18" or more if it is the garage or storage room.
Preparing the home for the day of the inspection:
- Remove any belongings that block access to the furnace, water heater, electrical panel, attic and crawl spaces so the inspector may remove cover panels in these areas.
- Verify that gas, water and electricity are on, even in vacant homes.
- All gas pilot lights should be lit. The inspector will not light any pilot and will note that item as not working.
- Make sure that all appliances normally operated by the homeowner can be tested as needed. Clean and pick up the home so that it is easy for the inspector to get around. The inspector will not move dirty laundry to look at an item!