• Check that there
is water flow at the kitchen and bath sinks. Recommend running the water for at least one minute to see if
pressure drops. Checking both hot and cold water is recommended.
Physically check that the electrical power is on and all the breakers are switched on.
Physically check that all appliances pilots for furnaces, water heaters, and fireplace logs are burning.
• Clear all access to electrical panels and appliances.
• Remove enough stored items in the attic and crawlspace to allow access and
reasonable access and viewing.
• Provide keys for
all exterior doors locks including dead bolts, storage closets, and crawlspace access.
Remove all dogs and cats from the dwelling, including the garage and yard.
Do not block access to windows, doors, major systems, electrical outlets, and fireplaces.
Clear underneath lavatories and kitchen sink to allow viewing of the plumbing lines.
Stack all packing boxes in the middle of the floor areas to allow access to walls.
Remove all stacked dishes and pans from the kitchen sinks and countertops.
Remove all stored and stacked items from the bathtubs and shower stalls. Some occupants store litter boxes,
children's toys, clothes drying racks and even furniture in unused showers/tubs.
Disarm the alarm system or give the inspector the arm/disarm code.
Allow the inspector ample time to complete the inspection (typically 2-3 hours on most homes). The seller's
presence is a distraction and slows the information transfer between the client/buyer and inspector.
• Leave the inspector an "FYI" list of any appliance not working or
plumbing that should not be used at time of inspection.