How To Prepare For A Home Inspection

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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.


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