1. Remove any items, debris and wood from foundation. These invite or are known as “conducive conditions” for termites. DO NOT store firewood indoors.
  2. Trim tree limbs and shrubs to 10‘ from the roof and exterior.
  3. Repair or replace missing or damaged roof material, gutters, downspouts and chimney caps.
  4. Repair or replace any deteriorated exterior trim, siding or veneers.
  5. Repair all walking surfaces that may present a trip hazard (1/4″ or more displacement).
  6. Make sure that all utilities, water, electric and gas service are on. Check that all gas pilot lights burning or firing appropriately.
  7. Replace all burned out or broken light bulbs. Otherwise, it is a reportable “Light is inoperable“ that may inaccurately suggest an electrical problem.
  8. Clean electronic or replace dirty furnace or air conditioner filters. Standard sizes or cut to fit can be purchased locally.
  9. Remove clutter and items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electric service panels, water heaters, air conditioning or solar power equipment.
  10. Ensure the all areas are accessible – basement, crawl spaces, cellar doors or hatches, attics, electric service panels, closets, fence gates.
  11. Repair or replace broken or missing items like doorknobs, locks and latches; windowpanes, screens or locks; trim; electrical outlet/switch covers.
  12. Ensure that safety devices are installed. Such as a “anti-tip” device on range.
  13. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries. (this will be inspected by local code officials)

Pre-listing inspection for all aspects of the home are available, and always a good idea.  Check out the article by the National Post here:

National Post Mike Post: Inspections are for sellers

Pets should be secured somewhere safe, and out of the way, for their protection and to minimize distractions.

If you have had a termite treatment or a “1nspection and Protection Plan”, this is a good thing, retain and transfer that information (treatment is time sensitive).

If you have had radon testing and/or remediation, retain and transfer that information (testing is time sensitive). Radon disclosure in real estate transfers are required in NJ.

If a oil tank either above ground or buried has been removed or appropriately abandoned, retain and transfer this certification. This can become a big deal at closing if proper decommissioning cannot be provided.

With the treatment, testing or certifications, always retain a copy for yourself for several years.

Allow the inspector and clients time and space to conduct the inspection.