Confirm that the gas, water and electricity are turned on and that the gas pilot lights are burning.
Ensure that no pets will hinder the inspection and that family members know where they are at all times.
Replace all burned-out light bulbs.
Test all smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors. Replace the batteries, if necessary.
Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters and verify that the filters fit properly and are secured in place.
Move wood, stored items and debris away from the foundation walls.
Unlock or remove locks from any areas that the inspector must access, such as fence gates, the attic access hatch or door, the electrical service panels, special closets, and/or the crawlspace door.
Confirm that all areas and components are accessible to the inspector by removing any
items that may be blocking their safe access and thorough evaluation.
Trim tree limbs back from the roof and shrubs away from the house.
Repair or replace broken, damaged or missing items, such as door knobs, locks and latches, window locks, broken glass, window screens, anti-siphon devices on exterior faucets, rain gutters and downspouts (clean out, if necessary), and chimney flue caps.
Move vehicles from the garage and driveway.
Clean ashes from the fireplace and remove items from the fireplace hearth area.