Preparing For a Home Inspection

House rooflinePreparing for a Home Inspection Check List:

When preparing for a Home Inspection you want the house to show a good history of maintenance. Have any and all documentation available to provide to the inspector and potential buyer's and their real estate agent.

It is also advisable to invest in a Pre-Listing Inspection or Energy Audit inspection and have the ability to make repairs or factor a material defect such as a failing roof into the listing price of your home.

  • Remove grade or mulch from contact with siding. Preferably 6 or more inches of clearance.
  • Clean out dirty gutters or debris from the roof.
  • Divert all water away from house, i.e. downspouts, sump pump, condensation drain, etc.
  • Grade should slope away from structure. Clean out basement entry drains.
  • Trim trees, roots and bushes back from foundation, roof, siding, and chimney.
  • Paint all weathered exterior wood, and caulk around trim, chimneys, windows and doors.
  • Seal asphalt driveways if cracking.
  • Seal or point up masonry chimney caps. Install metal flue cap.
  • Clean or replace HVAC filter. Clean dirty air returns and plenum.
  • Point up any failing mortar joints in brick or block.
  • Test all smoke detectors.
  • Update attic ventilation if none is present.
  • Clean chimney, fireplace, or woodstove (provide a copy for buyer).
  • Seal masonry walls in basement.
  • Don’t do quick cheap repairs, i.e. (giant caulk repairs) this will clue in an Inspector that amateur work has been done and will tend to make him/her look closer at the house.
  • Get all windows and doors in proper operating condition, including any cracked windows.
  • Put all plumbing fixtures, toilet, tub, shower, sinks, in proper working condition. Look for any leaks.
  • Install GFCI receptacles near all water sources; test all present GFCI receptacles for proper operation.
  • Check sump pump for proper operation.
  • Replace any burned out light bulbs.
  • Remove rotting wood, firewood from contact with house.
  • Proper grading recommended under deck.
  • Check that crawlspace is dry and install a proper vapor barrier.
  • Caulk all exterior wall penetrations.
  • Caulk all tub/shower fixtures.
  • Caulk along tub/floor, tub/walls, and tub/shower/glass doors.
  • Remove any visible moisture from crawlspace. Moisture levels in wood should be below 18%, to deter rot and mildew.
  • Check that bath vents are properly vented
  • Remove paints, solvents, gas, etc. from crawlspace, basement, attic, porch, etc
  • Check that toilets are secured to floor.
  • Where windows are at or below grade install window wells and covers.
  • Remove grade from contact with foundation vents.
  • Have clear access to all attics, crawlspace, heat systems, garage and other areas that will need to be inspected.
  • If the crawlspace has an access panel they requires removal by screws or other fasteners, we recommend having this open for the inspector.

If house is vacant be sure all utilities are turned on:

  • Water
  • Electric
  • Water Heater
  • Furnace/Air Conditioning

When a Radon Test is being performed:

  • Be sure all windows and doors are closed 12 Hours prior to the inspection!
  • Or the Radon Test will have to remain 12 additional hours.
  • Opening windows can actually make the radon level higher by depressurizing the house