What can sellers do to assist in the inspection?
1. Confirm that water, electric and gas service are on, with gas pilot lights burning.
2. Ensure pets won’t hinder the inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from the premises or secured outside. Tell your agent about any pets at home.
3. Replace burned-out light bulbs to avoid a “light is inoperable” report that may suggest an electrical problem.
4. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries.
5. Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. They should fit securely.
6. Remove stored items, debris and wood from the foundation.
7. Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electric service panels, water heaters, attics and crawlspaces.
8. Unlock areas the inspector will want to access: attic doors or hatches, electric service panels, closets, fence gates and crawlspaces.
Checking these areas before your home inspection is an investment in selling your property. Your real estate agent will thank you.