- Plan to leave your home an hour before inspection
- Take pets with you
- Cause all utilities, systems and equipment to be on so that Buyer may complete all inspections.
- Leave keys for crawl space, attic, gates, outbuildings, and electrical boxes in a conspicuous area.
- Make sure valves to exterior spigots/faucets are open (not winterized).
- Leave remotes in for garage door, ceiling fans, lights, etc. in a conspicuous area.
- Turn on pilot light for gas-fired appliances, including water heater
- Remove laundry from washer and dryer
- Remove dishes from sink and dishwasher
- Leave a sketch identifying location of a well or septic tank in a conspicuous area.
- Leave paperwork for recent maintenance, repairs, or insurance claims in a conspicuous area.
A few honey do items homeowners can do to save themselves some headaches:
- Label circuits in electrical panel
- Test GFCI circuits/receptacles and repair as necessary
- Replace missing plates/covers on electrical boxes such as switches and receptacles.
- Replace burnt out light bulbs as needed.
- Replace/repair faulty or missing smoke and CO detectors.
- Make sure all tubs and sinks are draining properly and clear drains with a snake or liquid plumber if necessary.
- Tighten loose equipment such as vales, shower heads, etc. and caulk as necessary.
- Toilets should be secured to floor and not wobbly.
- Leave instructions to indicate location of water shut off valves, if located an inconspicuous area.
- Change filters
- Provide invoice for recent service for inspector to see.
- Check to see that windows and doors are operational and make adjustments as necessary. It is common to find windows that are painted shut.
- Clean gutters and debris from roof. Gutter downspouts should have elbow, splash pan and/or flexible extension to get the water away from the home. Trim back vegetation at least 12 inches from home or structures.
Check garage door functionality and safety equipment and repair as necessary. Clean debris from sensors and align if necessary.