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Preparing the Home for Home Inspection



  • Test all smoke and CO detectors.


  • Update attic ventilation if none is present.


  • Check attic sheathing for mold-like substances, remove if visible or mold test may be necessary.


  • Clean or replace HVAC filter. Clean dirty air returns and plenum.


  • If the HVAC unit appears to be an older unit, have the HVAC unit cleaned and serviced by a professional HVAC individual. (Provide receipt)


  • Seal and/or repair foundation cracks that show evidence of current or previous moisture seepage (water stains, efflorescence & dampness) on the foundation walls and concrete slab.


  • Check sump pump for proper operation.


  • Remove stored items from the foundation walls.


  • Remove construction debris and junk from crawlspace which promotes mold growth and musky odor.


  • Have all windows and doors in proper working condition, including broken and cracked windows along with failed seals.


  • Have all plumbing fixtures: toilets, bathtubs, showers and sinks in proper working condition. Check for leaks.


  • Install GFCI receptacles near all water sources including exterior, unfinished basements and garages. Test all GFCI receptacles for proper operation.


  • Remove water stains and repair damaged areas (walls, ceilings & structural members) if repairs have been completed as the result of previously corrected problems.


  • Replace any burnt out light bulbs, have light fixtures and ceiling fans in proper operation.


  • Have all wall switch locations verified.


  • Caulk all tub and shower fixtures, floors, walls and glass doors. Ensure all toilets are secured to the floor.





  • Remove grade or mulch from contact with siding material. (Preferably 4-6 inches or more clearance)


  • Trim trees, roots and bushes back from foundation, roof, siding and chimney.


  • Caulk all exterior wall penetrations.


  • Paint all weathered exterior wood. Caulk around trim, chimneys, windows and doors.


  • Replace rot and water damaged wood trim which is susceptible to provable water infiltration.


  • Have tuck-pointing repairs completed for brick and stone masonry walls which may indicate possible settlement.  


  • Clean chimney, fireplace or woodstove. (Provide receipt)


  • Remove rotting wood and firewood from contact with the house.


  • Where windows are at or below grade, install window wells and covers.


  • Clean out dirty gutters and remove debris from the roof.


  • Divert all water away from the house, i.e. downspouts, patios, sump pump, condensate drain, etc. Grade should slope away from the structure. Clean out basement entry drains. 

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