If you are selling your house, consider these tips to facilitate a smoother Virginia Beach home inspection with fewer concerns that may delay closing:
Ensure the inspector has access not only to the house but also to the furnace, water heater, and air-conditioning units, especially those located in closets, attics, and crawlspaces.
Remove any items that may block access to HVAC equipment, electric service panels, water heaters, etc.
To enhance the efficiency of your Virginia Beach home inspection and minimize potential concerns that could delay closing, follow these steps:
Confirm that the garage is accessible, and make sure any water heater, utility panel, as well as shutoffs and resets for ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs), are reachable.
Unlock necessary areas that the inspector needs to access, such as attic doors or hatches, electric service panels, closets, fence gates, and crawlspaces.
Ensure that all utility services are turned on, with gas pilot lights burning.
Take measures to ensure that pets won’t interfere with the inspection. Ideally, remove them from the premises or secure them outside. Inform your agent about any pets at home.
Replace burned-out bulbs to prevent a “light did not operate” report, which may suggest an electrical problem.
Clear stored items, debris, and wood from the foundation, as these may be cited as conditions conducive to wood-destroying insects.
Trim tree limbs to 10 feet from the roof and shrubs to 1 foot from the house to allow access.
Address any broken or missing items such as doorknobs, locks, latches, windowpanes, screens, locks, gutters, downspouts, and chimney caps.
Checking these areas before your Virginia Beach home inspection is an investment in selling your property and will expedite your closing.