Maui Real Estate Blog

Preparing for Home Inspection

99% of all buyer’s exercise their right to Home Inspection. Here are some good tips for sellers that will better prepare their homes for inspection.

  • Confirm that water, electric and gas service are on, with gas pilot lights burning.
  • Ensure pets won’t hinder the inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from premises or secured outside. Tell your agent about any pets at home.
  • Replace burned out bulbs to avoid a “Light is inoperable” report that may suggest an electrical problem.
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries.
  • Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. They should fit securely.
  • Remove stored items, debris and wood from foundation. These may be cited as “conducive conditions” for termites.
  • Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electric service panels, water heaters, attics and crawl spaces.
  • Unlock areas the inspector must access – attic doors or hatches, electric service panels, closets, fence gates and crawl spaces.
  • Trim tree limbs to 10′ from the roof and shrubs from the house to allow access.
  • Attend to broken or missing items like doorknobs, locks and latches; windowpanes, screens and locks; gutters, downspouts and chimney caps.

If you observes the tips listed above, the inspection will go smoother, with fewer concerns to delay closing.

Pete Jalbert

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