You have an offer on your home... congratulations! Now, the buyer's agent says the home inspector is on his way. Don't stress. There are a few things you can do to help speed up the process.
1. Be sure that water, electric and gas service are on. Make sure all gas pilot lights burning. Many inspectors have insurance policies, etc. that prohibit them from turning these on themselves.
2. Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electric service panels, water heaters, attics and crawl spaces.
3. Unlock areas the inspector must access - attic doors or hatches, electric service panels, closets, fence gates and crawl spaces. Return trips caused by lack of access can be costly.
4. Replace burned out bulbs to avoid an inspection report comment that may suggest an electrical problem.
5. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace the batteries, if needed.
6. Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. Be sure they fit securely.
7. Remove stored items, debris and wood from foundation. These may be cited on a home inspection report as "conducive conditions" for termites.
8. Trim tree limbs to 10' from the roof and shrubs from the house to allow access.
9. Repair or replace broken or missing items like doorknobs, locks and latches; windowpanes, screens and locks; gutters, downspouts and chimney caps.
10. If you have a pet, make sure it won't hinder the inspection. Ideally, pets should be removed from the property or secured outside.
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