San Antonio Home Inspector - Pre-Inspection Checklist
Inspector Clouseau Home Inspections asks each client to make sure the utilities are available to the property (water, gas and electric) and turned on in the home before the scheduled inspection time. Please ensure any dogs, cats or any other animals are properly retained and
the entry to the home is accessible. Our inspectors have CBS code accessibility through realtors.
While no home is perfect, there are a number of things that can be done to have a home be more prepared for the inspection process:
- Exterior of Home
Inspect your home's exterior. Check for paint that's cracking or peeling. Look for gaps in caulking around doors and windows. Examine foundation for cracks, leaks, or blocked vents.
- Exterior Surfaces
Remove weeds growing in cracks of patios, sidewalks, and driveways immediately. Repair small cracks in concrete with caulk. Seal asphalt driveways every other year with an oil-based sealant.
Thoroughly inspect your deck at least once a year, including underneath the deck, if possible. Clean debris from deck surface with a hose, as leaves and plant matter can rot and cause mildew.
- Gutters & Downspouts
Clean out your roof gutters in the spring and in the fall, after most of the leaves have fallen. Make sure downspouts are clear and positioned properly to move drainage away from the foundation.
- Utility Valves
Familiarize yourself with the main shut-off valves for the water, gas and electricity sources. If you smell gas, leave your house immediately and call the gas company from a neighbor's house.
- Shrubs & Trees
Prune shrubs and trees to keep them clear of the home's foundation, exterior walls, and roof. Shrubbery that's too close to the house can promote the growth of mildew, mold, and algae.
- Interior Alarms
Place carbon monoxide and smoke alarms on each floor of your home. Test your alarms when you change your clocks for Daylight Saving Time, and replace the batteries.
- Dryer Vents
Clean lint from the entire clothes dryer vent system, from the dryer to the exterior vent cap. Have your dryer exhaust ducts inspected annually by a certified technician.
Replace disposable furnace filters monthly or clean reusable filters bi-monthly. A professional tune-up every year and duct-cleaning every 5-6 years will reduce heating costs and equipment wear.