Preparing for an Inspection

Preparing for a Home Inspection

1. Make sure the inspector has access, not only to the house, but also to the furnace, water heater and air-conditioning units (especially in closets, attics and crawlspaces).
2. Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electric service, panels, water heaters, etc.
3. Check to see that the garage is open and that any water heater, utility panel, shutoff and resets, are accessible.
4. Unlock areas the inspector must access, such as attic doors or hatches, electric service panels, closets, fence gates and crawlspaces.
5. Ensure that all utility services are on with pilot lights burning.
6. Make sure that pets won't hinder the inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from the premises or secured outside. Tell your agent about any pets at home.
7. Replace burned-out bulbs to avoid a "light did not operate" report that may suggest an electrical problem.
8. Remove stored items, debris and wood from the foundation. These may be cited as conditions conducive to wood-destroying insects.
9. Trim tree limbs to 10 feet from the roof and shrubs to 1 foot from the house to allow access.

10. Attend to broken or missing items such as doorknobs, locks and latches, window panes, screens and locks, and gutters, downspouts and chimney caps.


Checking these areas before your home inspection is an investment in selling your property and will expedite your closing.

Preparing for a Closed House Condition Radon Test:

Preparing for a Closed House Condition Radon Test:

When preparing for a radon measurement it is very important to maintain closed building conditions for a period of twelve hours prior and during the test. Whether the house is open or closed for short or extended periods of time prior to the 12 hour requirement has little or no impact on the measurement.

Closed building conditions are considered as follows:

-Testing apparatus should be placed at the lowest livable level
-Three feet from doors and windows, away from heat source or humidity

-Windows remain closed before and during the test
-Maintain regular entry and exit through exterior doors
-Maintain normal HVAC operation but no house or window fans
-If a mitigation system is in place, keep it running