Preparing Your Home
Preparing Your Home For An Inspection!
BEFORE THE INSPECTION
- Make sure all the dirt and landscaping material is away from the siding of the house. There should be 4-6 inches of clearance beneath the siding of the house.
- Plant growth should be cut back away from the house at least 10-12 inche
- Any stored items should be moved as far away from the structure; stored firewood in particular should be moved as far away from the house as is reasonable.
- Check the siding and trim for any damages and repair as needed.
- Repair any missing caulking around doors, windows and over nail heads.
- Make sure all exterior doors and door knobs/deadbolts are operating properly. You may wish to repair any damaged weather stripping.
ROOFING & GUTTERS:
- Clean all moss and debris off the roof. Use a pressure washer only if absolutely necessary. A broom or blower is preferred.
- Repair any damaged or missing roofing. Avoid using mastic or caulking as a repair as it is considered a temporary repair only and may be called out by the inspector.
- Clean out gutters and repair any damages to the gutters such as rust through or sagging.
- Make sure all downspouts are properly diverted away from the house, either with elbows and splash blocks or drain lies.
- Check the garage door opener and adjust it as needed so it properly reverses against pressure.
- Make sure the garage door itself is operating properly and repair as needed.
- If the home is newer with a solid core, self-closing door to the interior, make sure the door closes and seals properly by itself, with the weather stripping intact.
KITCHEN, UTILITY, & BATHROOMS:
- Check for leaks under the sinks and around the faucets, repairing as needed.
- Look for possibly floor damage around toilets and adjacent to tubs and showers. If found, damages may need further evaluation by a contractor.
- Make sure that all grout and caulking is in good repair. This includes tub and shower surrounds along the floor in front of tubs and showers.
- Check to be sure all fixtures, fans and appliances are working properly.
INTERIOR & ATTIC:
- Check interior doors and windows to make sure they are operating properly. This is particularly important for bedroom windows.
- Make sure smoke detectors are in place and functional.
- Removed any stored items from the attic space. Check to be sure all fan ducts are properly connected and venting outside the attic space. Repair if not.
- Make sure all light switches are functional and any burned out light bulbs replaced.
- Check your water heater for any leaking or damage. If present, repair or replacement may be needed.
- If missing, install proper rated earthquake strapping to water heater.
- Make sure the water heater pilot light is on.
- Repair any plumbing leaks found in the crawl space.
HEATING & COOLING:
- Inspect your furnace filter and change, or clean, if dirty.
- Regarding air conditioning, make sure all debris is cleaned away from the exterior compressor.
- Regarding a gas-fired appliance, which utilizes a pilot light, such as a gas log fireplace or older furnace, make sure the pilot light is on. The pilot light may have been turned off for summer or if the house has been vacant.
- Remove any wood, concrete, form wood and cardboard debris.
- Remove or replace any damaged, fallen floor insulation.
- Make sure crawl space is fully covered with plastic. Only use 6 mil black plastic if adding more.
- Repair or replace crawl space access. Cover if it is decayed or damaged.
- Reconnect any disconnected heat ducts.
- Repair any damaged foundation vent screens and make sure all foundation vents are clear. Use only ¼ inch galvanized hardware cloth for repair. Don’t use any louvered type vents.
ON THE DAY OF THE INSPECTION:
Make sure all animals are secured.
- Remove any locks on outside gates, which prevent full access to the exterior.
- Make sure all utilities are on.
- Be sure there is total and complete access to the following areas:
- Electrical Pane. (Panel cover will need to be removed)
- Furnace. (Furnace cover will also need to be removed)
- Water Heater.
- Attic Spaces. (Inspector will need to access inside attic space)
- Crawl Space. (Especially if it is inside a closet full of stored items)
- All bedrooms and living areas.
- All exterior surfaces, siding, decks, etc…