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