1914 Monroe St

Madison, WI 53711

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Getting your home ready for the inspection

A home inspection is a very important part of the home buying process. 77% of all home sales last year involved a home inspection, according to a study by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and the National Association of Realtors. By following these pointers, you can maximize your home inspection benefits:

  • Have smart technology and remotes for any items in the home in plain view.
  • Replace all burned out light bulbs
  • Provide access to furnace, water heater, electrical panel, sump pump, and water softener.
  • Be in compliance with smoke detector laws. Wisconsin law requires at least 1 detector on each level, including basement and finished attic. If home was built after 12/1/1994, each separate sleeping area must have a separate smoke detector. Madison residential buildings must have a smoke detector installed within 6 feet of each door leading to a bedroom.
  • Be in compliance with carbon monoxide laws. WI law requires a detecotr be installed within 21 ft of all sleeping areas, with at least one detector on each level including a basement and finished attic.
  • Make sure fireplace is operational.
  • Keep attic access panel areas open.
  • Install missing electrical covers on switches, electrical boxes and receptacles.
  • Make sure all utilities and appliances are connected and functioning.
  • Keep pilot lights on.
  • Re-caulk as needed in bathrooms.
  • Consider replacing torn or broken screens, windows, or other home items.
  • Replace damaged insulation in attic or crawl spaces.
  • Remove laundry from washer and dryer.