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Ten Tips to Speed Up Your Home Inspection

Sellers can speed their home inspection by following these suggestions. The
inspection will go smoother, with fewer concerns to delay closing.

  • Confirm that water, electric and gas service are
    on, with gas pilot lights burning.
  • Ensure pets won’t hinder the inspection. Ideally,
    they should be removed from premises or secured outside. Tell your agent about
    any pets at home.
  • Replace burned out bulbs to avoid a “Light is
    inoperable” report that may suggest an electrical problem.
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and
    replace dead batteries.
  • Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. They
    should fit securely.
  • Remove stored items, debris and wood from
    foundation. These may be cited as “conducive conditions” for termites.
  • Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment,
    electric service panels, water heaters, attics and crawl spaces.
  • Unlock areas the inspector must access – attic
    doors or hatches, electric service panels, closets, fence gates and crawl
    spaces.
  • Trim tree limbs to 10′ from the roof and shrubs
    from the house to allow access.
  • Attend to broken or missing items like doorknobs,
    locks and latches; windowpanes, screens and locks; gutters, downspouts and
    chimney caps.

Checking these areas before your home inspection is an investment in selling
your property. Your real estate agent will thank you!

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