. If home is empty, leave utilities on and pilot lights lit.
. Make sure electrical sockets, light fixtures, switches and fans work.
. Confirm smoke and carbon monoxide detectors operate.
. Check that faucets and toilets run properly and don't leak.
. Clean stove and oven so they won't smoke and set off alarm when tested.
. Verify doors and windows open and close and all hardware works.
. Clear obstructions around furnace, water heaters and attic access.
. Leave keys for outbuildings and exterior electrical boxes.
. Remove brush and debris from exterior inspection points.
. Gather documentation for renovations or repairs that have been made.
. Provide sketch showing location of septic tank and well.
. Remove or crate pets.
. Plan to be away for three hours minimum.
. Consider having home pre-inspected so you can fix problems before the official inspection.
Sources: Pillar to Post, GreatColoradoHomes.com, the balance.com