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Tips for assisting your Home Inspection

Preparing your home ahead of the inspection can speed up the sale. Your home inspection will go smoother, with fewer concerns and causing closing delays.

  1. Confirm that the water, electrical, and gas services (including pilot lights) are turned on.

  2. Make sure your pets won't hinder your home 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 and replace dead batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

  5. Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. They should fit securely.

  6. Remove stored items from the foundation, including debris and wood.

  7. Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electrical service panels, water heater, attic, and the crawlspace.

  8. Unlock any locked areas your home inspector must access, such as the attic access, electrical service panel, door to the basement, and exterior gates.

  9. Trim tree limbs so that they're at least 10 feet away from the roof. Trim any shrubs too close to the house and can hide pests or hold moisture against the exterior.

  10. Repair or replace broken or missing items, such as doorknobs, locks or latches, windowpanes or screens, gutters or downspouts, or chimney caps.

Checking these areas before your home inspection is an investment in selling your property. Better yet, have a Move-In Certified inspection conducted before listing your home to ensure you are aware of any issues. Your real estate agent will thank you!

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