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Pre-Inspection Checklist

Homeowner’s Pre-Inspection Checklist

  • Make sure all interior and exterior light fixtures work.
  • Make sure the pool light is operational.
  • Check the flood lights for correct operation.
  • Replace broken switches and cover plates on electrical outlets.
  • Replace bulbs that have burned out or the inspector will note that the fixture does not operate correctly.
  • Tighten doorknobs and tighten or repair all handrails. Also check to be sure that all interior doors will latch to the strike plate. 
  • Change or clean the air conditioner filter. It will be looked at during the inspections and be considered as part of the overall condition of the air conditioner. 
  • Ensure that windows operate smoothly. Lubricate window operators. If some are stuck or painted shut, the impression will be that many windows cannot open.
  • Make sure your smoke detectors are all working.
  • Cut back any shrubs or tree limbs that are rubbing against the house.
  • Wash down walls with a solution of 50% water and 50% chlorine bleach to remove mold and mildew.
  • Clean any exposed wooden steps, planters, etc. that exhibit fungus or mold growth with 50% water/50% chlorine solution. This not only makes everything look better, it may also help avoid “termite” (wood destroying organism) inspection problems.
  • Caulk around sinks, backsplashes, etc as needed.
  • Replace broken windows or defective sliding glass door parts.
  • Check the sprinkler system for broken heads.
  • Lubricate the overhead garage door hinges and rollers.
  • Check the faucets and sinks for leaks.
  • Be sure all appliances are operating properly.