Below is a to-do-list prior to a Pre-Listing Inspection.
Remove clutter from around the HVAC system, too include general housekeeping (ie: change air filter, clean around area of heating equipment so it is free of cobwebs etc...)
Schedule HVAC Maintenance to ensure service record is up to date prior to Inspection. This is one of the top items found during a general Home Inspection. It will show negatively to a potential buyer that overall maintenance at the dwelling is not kept up with. (include heating & cooling equipment in service record update)
Water heating equipment is usually in the same general area, make sure this equipment is accessible and free of clutter as well.
Make available any areas of the home that may be mechanically closed and not readily accessible to the inspector (ie: access panel to unfinished space) be ready to remove screws or locking mechanism to help inspector proceed through the inspection. Limited or no access to these areas will appear that something is purposely hidden, so if possible make it available!
Sump Pump area, perform general housekeeping and ensure area is accessible & free of clutter. Sump pumps can be hidden out of site in finished basements, make sure location is known and access is provided.
Electrical panel, a code requirement is to ensure proper access to the dead front of the panel, access required is 30" wide (centered on panel) x 36" in front of panel and maintained from floor to ceiling, make sure this area is free of clutter and clean. Some homes have concealed panels, make sure the inspector or electrician will have ample access to perform inspection or upgrades.
Electric Panel legend should be properly filled out, this is a major safety concern, a complete legend ensures the electrical system in the home can be safely inspected and is a guide for the occupants in the event an emergency need comes up.
Clean out under sink base cabinets, the inspector will verify condition of the base cabinet and check for active leaks. Also, inspection of garbage disposal & dishwasher plumbing is usually in this area.
Upgrade ALL counter top outlets, exterior, garage & unfinished space outlets with GFCI's or GFCI protection when possible, at a minimum ensure outlets within 5' of a water source are grounded outlets.
Change burnt out light bulbs in ALL rooms, to ensure inspectors, realtors and future buyers have a means to illuminate each normally accessible area of the home.
Install 1 Carbon Monoxide Detector per level of occupied space, follow installation directions to install at proper height (usually no more than 5' off finished floor level), Install smoke detector near ceiling of each landing of interior stairway, every level of the dwelling and within 6' of sleeping rooms (new codes require a smoke detector is installed in each sleeping room and all detectors are interconnected). Check local ordinance for proper CO2 & smoke detector placement.
Tighten any loose handrails, make sure home will be safe when buyer's, realtors, inspectors & appraisers view the home.
Ensure access to windows both interior & exterior, during an inspection some inspectors examine every window. The standard of practice/minimum requirement is to inspect a random sample - 1 window per side of dwelling.
Attic Scuttle Access, ensure the access panel is readily accessible during the inspection, a properly installed access panel will be sealed to prevent heating & cooling loss, an inspector may pass over this area if access is not readily available, less than six mechanical locking mechanism (screws or latches).
Personal items are limited in each area to be inspected, inspector will not move personal items to gain access of items to be inspected, as a courtesy make sure the clutter is minimal.
Garage door openers are plugged in and all sensors are properly operational, several test are required to safely inspect & operate each overhead door.
Dishwasher is free of dishes and generally clean
Exterior, ensure all gutters are clean and free of debris, during fall of the year remove leaves & yard waste from around the foundation, decks, fences etc...
cutback over grown tree limbs from overhanging house or touching power lines (make sure utility company or a licensed tree care professional cuts back limbs touching power lines).
Use this list to help prepare your home for a home inspection, the list provided is not intended to be all inclusive, but is a point to start from. You know your home better than anyone and may find more items to repair, maintain or replace. Focusing on the list provided, will surely help the inspector be efficient.
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