Many times, during home inspections, I come upon areas that are locked, or can't be accessed for one reason or another. They might as well have a sign that says 'Home inspectors- KEEP OUT!"
And everytime I see this, it just makes me wonder what they are trying to "hide", and makes me determined to find a way in, if possible, without destroying anything, of course.
But the point is, if you are a realtor, or just someone who wants to sell their house, please make sure that ALL areas are open, AND accessible to the home inspector. Here is a little checklist you can use to help make sure this happens:
1. Remove clothes, stored boxes and belongings that are in the way of attic or crawl space access areas.
2. Unlock any padlocks on things like garages, outbuildings, individual rooms, storage areas, access panels, and equipment panels.
3. Make sure that stored belongings are not close to or blocking: the furnace or boiler, water heater, electric panel, well equipment, water softener, gas, water & electric meters, plumbing access panels.
4. Double-keyed doors should have the key left to be able to open the door.
5. Windows and doors should also not be blocked.
6. Dogs, animals, ill or sleeping people should also not be preventing entry or access to any area.
Having all the areas of the home ready to inspect will keep the home inspectors suspicions from rising, and he will be able to give the best inspection, with no exclusions, or limitations.