As we mentioned, the home inspection takes place during the buyer’s option period. Our goal for the inspection is to get as clean of a report as possible. Here are just a few tips to make that happen:
Before the Inspection
- Replace all light bulbs that are burned out.
- Replace all missing plug and switch plate covers
- Test your smoke detector batters and location. One per bedroom and if you have gas, make sure they are carbon monoxide detectors as well.
- Clean or replace furnace/AC filters.
- Clean shower heads and faucets that are clogged with deposits
- Repair faucets that drip or leak at the stem
- Balance ceiling fans that wobble
- Use drain cleaner on all slow drains
- Clean dirty gutters
- Install anti-siphon loop on dishwasher
- Tighten loose toilets and replace defective flappers
- Adjust door knobs so that doors latch securely
- Trim any tree branches that may be on or close to the roof
- Freshly caulk around tubs and toiilets
- Clean your oven
- Make sure attic entrance is accessible
- Clean out dryer vent
Day of Inspection
- Remove pets (including their bedding, litter boxes, etc).
- Remove small valuables (computers, jewelry, etc.)
- Empty the dishwasher (or, load it!) The inspector will run a full cycle.
– If any repairs are suggested before closing, be sure to save all receipts. You will need to bring them to closing.