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How to Prepare for a Home Inspection

Preparing a home for an inspection is a very important part of the inspection process. A properly prepared home will keep the inspection running smoothly and may prevent additional fees for return visits.

One of the keys to a smooth home inspection is making sure the inspector has access to all parts of the house. Here is a list that may be helpful for you in preparing your house for a home buyer’s inspection.  Many of these items can be done at little or no cost and are part of a regular maintenance program for any home.


  • Ensure that all pets are secured and or removed from the premises. The inspector reserves the right to cancel inspection if pets are deemed unsafe.


  • Ensure that all the utilities are turned on before the inspector arrives. This includes: The Electricity, Water, & Gas if applicable.   Trip fees will apply if the inspector has to make an additional trip for disconnected utilities.


  • Be sure all exterior doors are accessible and not blocked.

  • Be sure all door locks are working properly.

  • Be sure keys are available for all locked doors.

  • Remove soil or mulch from contact with siding.   Six or more inches of clearance is best.

  • Trim trees, roots, and bushes back from the foundation of the home.


  • Be sure all doorways and closets are accessible. The inspector is not required to move furniture, personal items.

  • Ensure that all doors and windows are in proper operating condition, including repairing or replacing any cracked window panes.

Heating and Air Conditioning

  • Clean or replace heating and cooling filters, clean dirty air returns and plenum.

  • Have the chimney, fireplace or wood stove serviced and provide a copy of the cleaning records.


  • Be sure the main electrical panel and any sub-panels are not blocked.  (Very Common)

  • Replace all burned out or missing light bulbs.

  • Replace all broken and missing receptacle and switch cover plates.

  • Ensure GFCI receptacles are functional.


  • Repair any known leaks and all malfunctioning components, i.e. loose faucet handles, inoperable sink stoppers and ventilation fans.

  • Be sure access to the under sink plumbing is not blocked in Kitchens and Bathrooms.

  • Ensure that all plumbing fixtures such as the toilet, tub, shower, and sinks are in proper working condition.

  • Check bath vents to see if they are in working condition.

  • Clear out areas under sinks so they can be inspected

Basement, Crawl Spaces and Attics

  • Remove all wood debris from the crawl space. (Very Common)

  • Remove belongings that may be blocking and/or preventing entry to the attic and or crawlspace. The inspector is not required to move furniture, personal items.

  • Check to ensure that the crawl space is dry and install a proper vapor barrier if necessary.

  • Check crawl space and attics for pest animals.

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