Preparing your house for inspection is important. You only have so many chances to sell your house, so best be prepared from the get-go.
One area to start with is making things readily accessible for the inspector. If this is not the case, the inspector may report that he was unable to gain access to certain areas and could not inspect them as a result. This can add uncertainty for buyers. So where possible, provide clear access to:
- exterior walls (trim back vegetation if need be),
- foundation walls
- basement / crawlspace
- electrical panels
- water meter
- furnace, air conditioner
- water heater
- access hatch doors to attic areas
With access to as many things as possible taken care of, the next task is to tidy up things as the inspector will not do this for you in order to inspect. Again the inspector will report he was unable to inspect those items as there was storage / personal items / debris preventing observation.
Nest, ensure you identify panel circuit directories & hidden switches, replace burnt out light bulbs, have systems operable so they can be inspected, make important invoices & documents available, keep utilities & pilot lights on, and make remotes & keys to locked areas available.
Most inspectors arrive early and will be onsite for 2 to 3 hours, perhaps more…so be prepared!
For more information, see The Inspector Is Coming!