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Getting Your Home Ready for the Home Inspection authorGetting Your Home Ready for the Home Inspection
by David Fogle of HomeScope Property Inspection Services, Inc.
05-24-2004

It is typically the seller's responsibility to get the home ready for the inspection. The listing agent should notify the seller of these expectations. The following suggestions will help get the home ready for the home inspection, and minimize the need for the home inspector to make a return trip to the home, which may cost an additional fee.

  • All utilities need to be turned on (available to the device) and all gas appliances need to be ready to run (pilot lights must be on).
  • Access needs to be cleared to areas like attics, crawl spaces, electric panels (main service panel, disconnects and sub-panels), water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners etc.
  • Closets need to be cleared if access areas, such as to the attic, are located within closets. The home inspector is not required to move personal property.
  • Keys should be available for any locked areas, such as the crawl space.
  • The inspector should be notified if there are any occupants of the home that may be sleeping, such as infants.
  • Aggressive or "escape artist" animals should be removed from the property to allow full, unencumbered access to all areas that are to be inspected (the complete structure, including interior spaces, garages and exterior areas).

David Fogle is the owner of HomeScope Property Inspection Services, Inc. in Augusta, GA. He is a Member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). David performs home inspections in Augusta, Evans, Aiken, Hepzibah, Grovetown, Harlem, and the Thomson areas of Georgia. Call his office at (706) 733-7200 for more information.

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