Tips for a Smooth Home Inspection

Tips for a Smooth Home Inspection

* In vacant homes make sure the water, electric and gas are turned on, and the batteries in the thermostat are working.

* Replace all burned out light bulbs.

* Have any remotes in plain view for – fans – fireplaces – garage door openers.

* Remove anything flammable that is stored in the oven.

* Provide access to the furnace – water heater – water softener – electric panel – sump pump, by removing items, boxes next to them.

* If the home has a gas fireplace, check to see if it is operational.

* Test the smoke detectors, if they do not beep, install new batteries or install a new smoke detector. WI. law requires at least one smoke detector on each level, including the basement and any finished attic. If the home was built after Dec. 1st 1994, then each separate sleeping area on each floor must have a separate smoke detector. However, all residential buildings in the city of Madison must also have a smoke detector installed within 6 feet of each door leading to a bedroom and in all bedrooms.

* Test the carbon monoxide detectors, if they do not beep, install new batteries or install a new carbon monoxide detector. WI. law requires that a carbon monoxide detector be installed within 21 feet of all sleeping areas, with at least one detector on each level, including the basement and any finished attic.

* Check for missing handrails on all staircases.

* Check for missing  ( GFCI ) Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters, they are designed to save lives and should be used in damp locations including bathrooms, kitchens, wet bar sinks, basements, garages and the outdoors.

* Install missing electrical covers on switches, receptacles, and electrical boxes.

* If you have a dog, please put them in a kennel.

* Keep attic access panel areas open, remove clothes, items and boxes that block the access.

* Consider repairing any damaged, or non operational items.

Ed Anderson
Integrity Home Inspections
of South Central WI. LLC
(608) 206-4950

Website – www.ihiscw.com