Here are the five things that every homeowner needs to do before having a home inspector looks at their property:

1. Check all of your lights. Make sure they’re in proper working order. You may even want to switch to brighter bulbs so that your home will show better.

2. Make sure your smoke detectors are in working order. You may even want to replace your smoke detectors if they’re old.

3. Give your inspector access to your electrical panel and other utilities. A lot of times, an agent will recommend saving space in the home by putting excess things in the garage. If that stuff covers up the panel and if the inspector can’t get to it, they’ll have to reschedule and they’ll charge you for it. Also, change out your furnace filter if you haven’t in a while. It’s both cheap and easy.

4. Put your pets away in their kennel. It might even be a better idea to take them with you during the inspection.

5. Check for leaks or water damage. Water is the culprit of most problems inside a home. Make sure you don’t have any leaks in any of your sinks or toilets. Outside of the home, make sure those downspouts are on and extended from the house and that your gutters are clean.

These are the five things that everyone should be looking at before they have a home inspector over. If you have any questions for me in the meantime or want any more tips, I’d be happy to oblige. Just give me a call or send me an email today.