Owners are advised to remove clutter. Basic cleaning will allow inspectors to view areas with little intrusion. This includes the space under your sinks, near electrical boxes or heading and cooling devices. Anywhere else an inspector may need to venture.
Empty Your Appliances
Be sure to empty any appliances that may need to be turned on prior to an inspection. This includes the washing machine, dryer, dishwasher or stove. Not only is it polite to the respective inspector, but also removing any debris from these machines makes the process flow much smoother. No inspector wants to deal with a smoke alarm when they test the oven.
Provide Attic Access
If your home has an attic, be sure there is easy access granted. This can be as simple as providing a ladder for the inspector. Without access to the attic, inspectors will take longer to do their job. This may also require you to remove any obstacles in the way of the attic entrance.
Unlock All Doors
We advise unlocking every door prior to the arrival of an inspector. Seeing as how the investor needs to view every area of your property, it only makes sense to prep each area for their inspection.
Disclose Known Flaws
While it may go against every instinct you have, disclosing your home’s flaws is imperative. Sellers should disclose any issues they’re aware of in their home, such as a leak or an air conditioner that only works intermittently.
Documentation of Maintenance
Provided that you recently had something repaired, it is important that you maintain documentation of said repairs. We advise owners to create a separate folder for these documents, as it will provide the inspector with easy access to what has been done. This includes insurance claims from damage that was done in the past. The same documentation should be kept for inspections that reveal no problems. If an engineer recently inspected your property and failed to notice any flaws, make your inspector aware. This information is relevant to their current inspection and should ultimately help them.
Check Light Bulbs
As simple as it sounds, make sure your light bulbs are working. Inspectors have to report everything. While it may seem insignificant, a light bulb that is not on may indicate more serious problems. Perhaps it is a wiring problem. It is better to avoid this by making sure all of your lights work accordingly.
Limit The Inspector’s Work
This does not mean you are doing their job for them. It simply means do anything you can to make their job easier. Remove anything that may get in their way to
facilitate a smoother inspection. A neat and accessible home can result in a more
favorable impression for the inspector.