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.