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Ten Tips to Speed Up Your Home Inspection

Speed up your home sale by preparing your home ahead of time using the following tips. Your home inspection will go smoother with fewer concerns to delay closing. Buyers can also use these tips to ensure a smoother inspection.

  1. Confirm that the water, electrical and gas services are turned on, and that gas pilot lights are lit.

  2. Make sure your pets won't hinder the inspection. Tell me about any pets that are located at the home.

  3. Replace burned-out light bulbs to avoid a "light is inoperable" report that may suggest an electrical problem.

  4. Test all smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors and replace dead batteries.

  5. Replace dirty HVAC air filters. They should fit securely.

  6. Move stored items, debris, and wood away from foundation. These may be cited as conductive conditions for termites.

  7. Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electrical service panels, water heaters, the attic, and the crawlspace

  8. Unlock any locked areas that I, your home inspector, must access, such as the attic door or hatch, the door to the basement/crawlspace, and any exterior gates.

  9. Trim tree limbs so that they're at least 10 feet from the roof. Trim any shrubs that are too close to the house and can hide pests or hold moisture against the exterior. Hire a professional if necessary.

  10. Repair any broken or missing items such as: doorknobs, locks and latches, windowpanes and screens, gutters and downspouts, and chimney caps.

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