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Tips to Speed Up A Home Inspection



 1. Confirm that the gas, water and electricity are turned on and that the gas pilot lights are burning.


 2. Ensure all pets won't hinder the inspection and inform everyone about pets to be kept inside.


 3. Replace any burned out light bulbs.


 4. Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace batteries if necessary.


 5. Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. Verify that the filters fit properly and are secured in place.


 6. Move wood, stored items or debris away from foundation.


 7. Unlock or remove locks from any items the inspector must access such as fence gates, attic access hatches or doors,  electric service panels, special closets, crawl space access for pier and beam construction.


 8. Confirm areas and components are accessible by removing items blocking access to electric service panels, sinks and bathtubs, ovens and cook tops, dishwasher, heating and air conditioning equipment, water heaters, ground fault (GFCI) electric receptacles, attic access ladders or hatches, crawl space access for pier and beam construction. Note: remove items that might restrict movement in attic or crawl space.


 9. Trim tree limbs back from the roof and trim shrubs away from the house to allow access.


10. Repair or replace broken, damaged or missing items such as door knobs, locks and latches, window locks and broken glass, window screens, anti-siphon devices on exterior faucets, rain gutters and downspouts (clean if necessary), chimney flue caps.


11. Remove automobiles from the garage and driveway.


12. Clean ashes from the fireplaces and remove items from the fireplace hearth area.


Take these actions and your home inspection will go faster and will result in a "cleaner" inspection report, which is good news all.

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