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On the day of the inspection A Buyer’s Home Inspection Checklist for the Property

  • Make sure all animals are secured
  • Make sure all utilities are on
  • Remove any locks on outside gates, which prevent full access to the exterior
  • Be sure there is total and complete access to the following areas:
    • Electrical Panel (Removal of the Panel cover is needed)
    • Furnace (Removal of the Furnace cover is needed)
    • Water Heater
    • Attic Space (Inspector will need to access inside attic space)
    • Crawl Space (Especially if it is inside a closet full of stored items)
    • All bedrooms and living areas
    • All exterior surfaces, siding, decks, etc.

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Yes, we are licensed by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), and our Certified Applicator license is 0715587.

18 Simple Things the home seller can do to prepare their home for a home inspection:

  1. Gutters which are full of leaves and debris are unable to perform their intended function of channeling water away from the house. Clean out the gutters and ensure that both the gutters and downspouts are secured and that they extend at least 3 feet from the house.
  2. Trim back tree branches and shrubs to ensure that they are not in contact with the house or roof.
  3. Check to see if there are a minimum number of smoke detectors on each floor, including one in each bedroom. Test them to see if they work. Replace the battery. Carbon monoxide detector outside each separate sleeping area.
  4. Check the garage door opener and adjust it as needed, so it properly reverses against pressure.
  5. Make sure the garage door itself is operating correctly and repair as needed.
  6. If the home is newer with a solid core, self-closing door to the interior, make sure the door closes and seals properly by itself, with the weather stripping intact.
  7. Check to make sure that light switch or outlet covers are not missing or damaged. Replacing missing or damaged caps is an inexpensive repair.
  8. Test all interior and exterior light fixtures. If they are not working, often it is as simple as changing a light bulb.
  9. Does the doorbell work?
  10. Check under the sinks–are the traps or faucets leaking? The home inspector will test faucets and report concerns. Repairs by a plumber are often relatively inexpensive.
  11. Check to make sure that the toilets do not continue to run after the flush. Often simple adjustments are needed to correct this.
  12. Is the fuse box adequately labeled?
  13. Clean the dryer vent and make sure the vent is metal rather than plastic. Dirty dryer vents and those that are metal are a safety concern. On the day of the inspection, empty the washer and dryer to test them.
  14. Install a new filter to the furnace.
  15. Make sure windows operate smoothly (not stuck or painted shut).
  16. Check that all interior doors latch to the strike plate.
  17. Securely fasten handrails.
  18. Schedule a seller home inspection.

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