Make Sure It’s Accessible -Make all exterior doors accessible. -Provide keys or unlock all out-buildings and sheds. -Remove window security screws, or provide keys for window security locks. -Make sure all interior areas are accessible. Don’t lock the dog in a spare room or otherwise reduce access to areas in the home. -Clear the way to the crawlspace access. -Make sure the A/C unit is uncovered and de-winterized. -Remove anything blocking access to the Electrical Panel. -Remove excess belongings from utility and storage rooms so there is access for inspection. -Make sure the attic is accessible and the stairs can be pulled down without endangering belongings or people below. -Remove excess personal belongings from closets. Make Sure It’s On (As seasonally able) -Turn on sprinkler system. -Turn on A/C System. -Assure that all utilities are on (Electricity, Gas, Water, and all Pilot lights). Make Sure It Works -Make sure all door locks are operable. -Assure that all doors and windows open and close properly, and with ease. -Be sure there is a minimum of one smoke detector per floor. -Make sure smoke detectors are working and have fresh batteries. -Make sure CO detectors are installed (and have fresh batteries if they are battery operated or have battery back-up). It’s simply a good idea to have CO detectors, but in some states it is also required. -Make sure appliances are working: dishwasher, oven, microwave, and garbage disposal. -Replace any burned-out light bulbs and make sure all interior and exterior light fixtures work. Make Necessary Repairs -Repair Leaks, drips, or water stains. If there is water anywhere where it shouldn't be, it's time to take care of it and repair the damage it left behind. -If you have any water penetration issues, in a basement for example, it's better to address it now, rather than later. -Replace all damaged window screens. -Make sure all light switches operate properly, eliminating any “mystery switches” that could present doubts about the quality of the electrical system. -Eliminate anything that wiggles, shakes or teeters. Repair handrails, tighten doorknobs, secure loose toilets,etc. Complete A Few Chores -Remove debris from gutters/downspouts. -Trim shrubs away from the foundation and away from A/C Condenser Unit. -Remove wood, debris or stored items away from the foundation. -Clear debris from under the refrigerator. -Remove debris from shower drains. -Clear the clutter. -Clean and clear dryer vents. -Remove “creative wiring” such as extension cords in attic, interior and exterior spaces. -Replace/clean HVAC filter. -Consider having the A/C unit cleaned and serviced especially if it’s been a while. -Consider having gas fireplace serviced or wood-burning chimney cleaned. -Test the safety auto-reverse on your garage door and adjust the pressure if it does not auto reverse when encountering a 2” tall block at the garage floor. Take Care Of Pets And Pet Damage -It’s best that pets are removed from the premises when possible. Also keep in mind that inspectors need access to the entire home, so the garage and the backyard are not a great idea. -Repair pet damage. Scratched or urine-soaked wood floor, wood trim, walls, or carpet should be repaired or replaced. Extras for Homes With Children/Babies -Consider propping baby gates open so that walking through the home is easy. -Be sure to provide instructions or necessary devices for operating safety lock mechanisms on cabinets, doors, gates etc. -Reduce toy clutter if possible.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Posted by Ed Hughes at 1:42 PM