Is Your House Ready For the Inspection?

Taking these steps before the inspection will help ensure the best report possible.

1.      Confirm that all utilities (gas, water and electricity) are turned on and that the gas pilot lights are burning.
2.      Make sure pets won't hinder the inspection and inform everyone about pets to be kept inside.
3.      Make sure all light fixtures have working light bulbs. If the bulb does not light, we don’t know if the fixture is bad or just the bulb.
4.      Make sure there are smoke detectors in every bedroom and adjoining hallway, and on every level of the home. Test to make sure the batteries are functioning.
5.      Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters and verify that the filters fit properly and are secured in place.
6.      Make sure there are no obstructions to view exterior foundation walls.
7.      Unlock or remove locks from any items the inspector must access. Many times we will not be able to inspect areas that have been locked, such as fence gates, windows, attic access hatches or doors, electric service panels, special closets, crawl space access for pier-and-beam homes.
8.      Make sure areas such as access door to electric service panels in the garage, sinks and bathtubs, ovens and cook tops, dishwasher, heating and air-conditioning equipment, water heaters, ground fault (GFCI) receptacles, attic access ladders or hatches, crawl space access for pier and-beam-construction are free from obstruction.
9.      Make sure tree limbs are trimmed back from the roof and shrubs away from the house.
10.Repair or replace broken, damaged or missing items. Many times it is the small things that show up on a report that makes it appear the home has not been maintained. By taking care of these things in advance, it will make the report read much better as it will not be filled with maintenance issues.  
11.Remove autos from the garage and driveway.
12.Make sure the fireplace is free of wood or ashes and cleaned.  

Texas Professional Real Estate Inspectors Association

Texas Association of Real Estate Inspectors