David Lightner, CPI

Owner / Inspector

NJ Lic.24GI00104200

NJDEP MET12884

 

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10 Tips To Speed Up Your Inspection

 

Speed up your home sale by preparing your home ahead of time using the following tips. Your home inspection will go smoother with fewer concerns to delay closing.

 

  1. Confirm that the water, electrical and gas services are turned on.
  2. Make sure your pets won’t hinder your home inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from the premises or secured outside. Tell your agent about any pets at home.
  3. Replace burned-out light bulbs to avoid a “light is inoperable” report that may suggest an electrical problem.
  4. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries.
  5. Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. They should fit securely.
  6. Remove stored items, debris and wood from the foundation. These may be cited as “conductive conditions” for termites.
  7. Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electrical service panels, the water heater, attic and crawlspace.
  8. Unlock any locked areas that your home inspector must access, such as the attic door or hatch, the electrical service panel, the door to the basement, and any exterior gates.
  9. Trim tree limbs so that they’re at least 10 feet away from the roof. Trim any shrubs that are too close to the house that can hide pests or hold moisture against the exterior.
  10. Repair or replace any broken or missing items, such as door knobs, locks or latches, windowpanes or screens, gutters or downspouts, or chimney caps.

Checking these areas before your home inspection is an investment in selling your property. Better yet, have your Home Pride inspector (InterNACHI member) make sure that your home is “Move In Certified”. Your real estate agent will thank you.