Preparing Your Home for an Inspection
Home inspectors are not allowed to move personal items that restrict access to areas requiring inspecting. This may result in an incomplete inspection and extra costs for the buyer. It may even discourage a buyer from making a purchase, believing that the seller is trying to hide defects.
That’s why it’s in the best interests of everyone to provide easy access to the following areas:
attic access door
crawlspace access door
water metre and main water feed and drain
furnace and area
hot water heater and area
air conditioning unit and area (please note that air conditioner units will not be tested in the winter months)
main electrical panel (please provide one metre clear space in front of panel)
Please remove or re-locate:
decorative items from windows and doors (sun catchers, plants, etc.)
storage, furniture, etc. from interior foundation walls, especially corners (visibility is an important factor!)
storage from garage (remove all items leaning or blocking the foundation walls)
stored items in crawlspace (perimeter walls should be visible)
attic hatches (Remove all materials and clothing from closet as sometimes insulation spills out when hatch is opened)
Please also remember to:
take pets to a friend or relatives. This is for the safety of all concerned, including your pets.
turn off computers and any sensitive electrical equipment.
do not leave valuables (jewelry, money, etc.) in plain sight.
After The Inspection
We do our best to leave your home as we found it. Sometimes, however, electrical appliances may have to be temporarily unplugged. Please remember to check your clocks, especially those with alarms. Ensure that thermostats have been reset to your desired settings.