11) Heating/ Cooling/ Water Heater
Replace the furnace filter and all interior filters no matter what month it is. Clear out anything blocking HVAC equipment, water heaters, electrical panels, the attic, and crawlspace as the home inspector will need to access these areas. Have a professional HVAC company service clean your AC unit and furnace.
12) Showers/ Tubs
Check for cracks in the grout or caulked joints. If you find any, match the grout color and texture and re- grout the damaged areas.
13) Ceiling Fans
Check to make sure all fans are working properly. Replace/ repair all broken fans. Bonus points for dusting them off and making sure they’re sparkly clean.
Replace any burnt out lightbulbs.
Buy a $10.00 outlet tester from any home improvement store. It will show you any outlets that will fail the inspector’s test. Some outlet testers will even test GFI (ground fault interrupter) outlets. Make sure the electrical panel is easily accessible. All switches, outlets and junction boxes must have cover plates without cracks. There can be no exposed “Romex” (home in -wall wire). It must be in a metal or plastic conduit.
Repair all leaking faucets. Fill all sinks halfway with water, then pull the plug to see if they drain normally. If they drain slow, you may need to clean the P-Trap. Check under all sinks and in cabinets for any moisture on the bottom, supply lines, or valves. Check the crawl space for any leaks and pipe connections.
Flush all toilets. If there is a leaking sound before flushing, it’s probably the flapper valve which is easy to install and costs between $5-12.00. Make sure all toilets are securely fastened. Check caulking at the base.
18) Safety Detectors
Smoke detectors are mandatory in the hallway of bedrooms and one at every level. Replace batteries and push the test button. Replace detectors with a 10 year lithium battery unit and replace hard wired units with hard wired units. Smoke detectors must be replaced every 10 years according to Oregon state law. Don’t forget to also check your Carbon Monoxide detectors!
The balustrade (entire baluster system) will be checked for sturdiness. If any of it is loose, you might want to have that repaired before inspection.
Run the dishwasher through its cycles, turn on all range/ cooktop burners, oven, vent fan and light and if included in sale, check all functions of the refrigerator. Repair or replace any appliances as needed.