Jerry Endres WIN Northwest Michigan

How a home owner should prepare for a home inspection

You have a home inspector coming, what should you do? Below is a check list we send to the listing agent, in hopes that they forward it to their client, before we get there. Following these simple steps can make the process move along smoothly and may alleviate possible issues in the report.

Home Seller Checklist for Inspection

Remove obstacles that may block the inspector’s access to the following:

  • Electrical panels (please remove padlocks)
  • Heating and cooling equipment
  • Water heaters
  • Under-building crawl space access
  • Sumps and sump pumps
  • Attic space access (this includes removing clothing and other personal property which may impede access through a closet or garage)
  • Under-sink areas
  • Ground fault interrupter type electrical receptacle outlets
  • Kitchen sinks
  • Dishwashers
  • Ranges and ovens
  • Interior areas including garages and basements
  • Any locked item or area (remove locks, unlock doors and gates, or provide keys or other means of access so that the inspector can have access to yards and can open electrical panels, storage rooms, etc.)
  • Fireplaces (Please have pilot lights lit prior to the inspection)

Our inspectors love pets and enjoy playing with them. However, please take measures to kennel or remove pets that cannot be let out or that may harm the inspector or others present at the inspection.

All systems (water, gas, and electrical) should be on. If the inspector finds electrical circuit breakers in the off position, pilot lights unlit, gas valves off, water shutoffs off, or the main water supply valves shut off, the inspector will assume that they are in such condition for a reason and the written report will state that they are inoperable.

If the inspector operates a light switch for a permanently installed light fixture and the fixture has a burned out light bulb or no light bulb at all, the inspection report may state that the light was inoperable and may recommend further evaluation by a qualified electrician. To avoid this, replace burned out light bulbs or missing light bulbs in permanent light fixtures before the inspection.

Leave receipts and repair invoices for anything you have had fixed in the home. This shows proof of upkeep and answers to many questions the inspector may have.

An environment that is neat and easy to move about in will best present your home to the buyer and will make the entire inspection process more enjoyable for everyone.

Lastly be aware that the buyer may be present during the home inspection. Keeping the house as it appeared during showings make a stronger impression on the buyer.