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Preparing your home for inspection

Getting your home ready for a home inspection is an important step in the home buying process. To ensure a successful home inspection, it is important to take the necessary steps to prepare your home. Start by cleaning and decluttering your home and yard, and making sure that all systems are in good working order. Test smoke detectors, flush toilets, check windows and doors, and make sure all appliances are in working order. Make sure all areas of the home are accessible so that the inspector can do their job properly. Finally, be prepared to answer questions the inspector may have about the home.

Tips to prepare your home for inspection:

Q. What is a Home Inspection?
A. A Home Inspection is a visual inspection of a property, typically performed by a certified home inspector. It evaluates the condition of a home's structure, systems, and components, including the roof, plumbing, electrical, heating, ventilation, and insulation.

Q. How do I prepare my home for a Home Inspection?
A. Preparing your home for a Home Inspection is an important step in the home buying process. Here are a few tips to help you get ready:


  • Clear any debris or clutter from the exterior, attic, and basement of your home.

  • Make sure all windows and doors are accessible and in good working order.

  • Make sure all electrical outlets are in working condition and are not loose.

  •  Inspect your home for signs of water damage, including discoloration, peeling paint, and wet spots.

  • Test all appliances to ensure they are in good working condition.

  • Ensure the electrical panel and attic accesses are accessible.

  • Change the HVAC air filters.

  • Change burnt out light bulbs.

  • Ensure all pets (dogs) are locked up or preferably removed from the home. If indoor cats are at home please leave a note for the inspector to ensure all doors stay closed to not let cat out. 

Q. How long will a Home Inspection take?
A. The length of a Home Inspection will depend on the size and complexity of the property. Generally, a Home Inspection will take between 3 to 4 hours.

Q. Should I leave or stay home for the inspection?

A. It is generally recommend that the sellers (you) not be present for the inspection. It helps limit any conflicts of interest and allowed the inspector to get a thorough inspection completed in a timely manor. Now if you are not able to leave then we understand and can work around you at home. 

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