Make Sure All Utilities Are On

In order to inspect your house please make sure the gas, electric, and water are on and cutoff locations are accessible.

Pet Friendly

Sometimes pets do get under foot and I do not want anyone's pet harmed. Isolate or remove them if possible. If not, that's okay, I can work around them. Please let the selling agent or myself know if pets are present so I may take appropriate medication in advance of my arrival. Asthma is part of my life and I know how to take precautions.
Make the Home Accessible

Make sure that all furniture or stored personal items are not in front of electrical panels, furnaces and water heaters. I'll need to get close to these appliances to operate them and to read label plates containing manufacturing dates and sizes.

Remove any obstructions in front of attic or crawl space accesses. This is especially true if you have any clothes hanging in a closet that accesses the attic. Failure to do this often results in insulation falling on your clothes. Lawn mowers and other tools should be removed if they block access to a crawl space under the house. Crawl spaces are by nature unpleasant to inspect; the easier the access, the better.

If keys are required for entry into crawl spaces, sheds or storage rooms, the keys should be left in an obvious location for the inspector (like on the kitchen counter or with the selling agent.
Remove any stored items from bathtubs. The inspector will need to fill the tub with water and operate the shower.
Security Systems

Please make sure security systems are turned off.
Please, leave the house for the inspection. The buyer frequently goes with the inspector on the inspection, and the presence of the seller may restrict open conversation between the buyer and inspector. If you must be at home, make arrangements for all children to be away. As cute as they are, children almost always make an inspection more difficult.

adapted from Bill Garwood's "10 Tips to Prepare for a Home Inspection"
Edifice Inspections, Inc. (2004)
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