1. Clean and Declutter: Before the home inspection, clean your home thoroughly and declutter the rooms. This will make it easier for the inspector to access the various areas of your home and identify potential issues.
2. Check Safety Measures: Make sure that all the safety measures in your home, such as smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers are functioning properly.
3. Check for Water Damage: Check for water damage in the kitchen, bathroom, and any other areas where water is regularly used. This includes checking for leaks under sinks and around toilets.
4. Check Electrical System: Make sure all electrical outlets are working properly, and the wiring is in good condition.
5. Check HVAC System: Make sure that your heating and cooling system is in good condition and functioning correctly.
6. Check Structural Elements: Check for any cracks, gaps or other signs of damage on the foundation, walls, ceiling, and roof.
7. Provide Access: Make sure all areas of your home are accessible for the inspector, including attics, basements, and crawl spaces.
8. Gather Documentation: Assemble any permits, certificates, warranties, and manuals for appliances, systems, and renovations to hand over to the inspector.
9. Address Repairs: Fix any minor repairs beforehand to show that your home is well-maintained.
10. Remove Pets: If you have pets, it’s best to remove them from your home during the inspection.