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.