Submitted by Jared Ball

Listing and selling your home can be a fun process, especially when you’re equipped with the best realtor and information. You will also want to set up your home so that the inspection process is a breeze.

Here are some helpful tips to prepare your home for a quick and easy inspection and sale:

– Make sure all sinks are clear of personal items. A good inspector will observe plumbing fixtures and drain fittings, looking for leaks. Any personal items such as paper wipes, bottles of cleaning solutions and personal hygiene items will be an obstacle to inspection. Some inspectors will even move your belongings for a better view, but do you really want an inspector going through your things?

– Make sure all kitchen appliances are clear of dishes, pots, pans, baking trays and burner covers. A good inspector will observe the operation of all appliances by turning on the oven cooktop burners, the broiler and even the dishwasher. There’s really nothing wrong with a second rinse of your dishes, but anything left in or on the oven’s cooktops will keep some inspectors from turning on the heat. Some inspectors will simply move pans and baking trays, but it is not mandatory for an inspector to do so. Also remember that a good inspector will be interested in how the range hood vent will vent through cabinets and walls. Make sure upper cabinets can be opened and are clear of visual obstructions.

– Make sure that the location of the main electrical distribution panel, the furnace and the water heater are at least 3 feet clear of any personal effects. A good inspector will want access to each location and the ability to remove the dead front panel of the main distribution panel (to see the conditions of the electrical connections and components) and the service panel of the furnace (to see the conditions of furnace automatic safety controls, heat exchanger and other components). It is common for the distribution panel, furnace and water heater to be located in the garage. If the garage is not used to store a vehicle and rather to store and move boxes, it is completely understandable. In addition to keeping them away from the electrical, HVAC, and water system, it’s also best to shore them up safely in the center of the garage, as a good inspector will want to test all electrical outlets on the walls for s make sure they are GFCI protected. (Fun Fact: Did you know that all electrical outlets within 6 feet of a plumbing fixture, in the garage and outside the home must be protected by a GFCI in Washington State? You do now.)

– Make sure that access to the attic and the crawl space are accessible. There are times when the attic awning opening is not located in the garage and is in a bedroom or linen closet. Most closets contain shelves or even a clothes rail. These materials can be considered an obstruction, deterring an inspector from accessing two of the most important places in the home. The attic and crawl space are some of the best places to check that humidity is being kept out of the home, so you’ll want to make sure you keep safe and easy access to these places, to prevent an inspector from having to to come back. , or ask the inspector to recommend further evaluation by a licensed professional contractor.

If you have questions about home inspections and the best way to make the home inspection process safe and easy, call Bear Home Inspection LLC at 360-904-0973.