The inspection of home or dwelling that is occupied presents special challenges. It is never the intent or responsibility of a professional home inspector to move, disassemble or otherwise damage anyone’s personal property; however, the home inspector is expected to do as thorough a job as possible. Please take the time to look over the following checklist and review it with the occupants of the home prior to home inspection. Making sure that the items or areas listed below have clear access and are completely unobstructed will help ensure a smooth inspection and greatly reduce the potential for needing a return visit due to items or systems having to be “disclaimed” because of obstructions.

  • Attic: Pull-down stairs must extend fully for safe use and “scuttle” (hatch) style accesses must have ample space below to properly locate a ladder.

  • HVAC System: Outside unit should be clear of debris. Inside unit should be fully accessible. Wall and/or ceiling return grills should not be obstructed.

  • Electrical System: main breaker panel and any sub-panels must NOT be obstructed. The inspector has to remove the front cover to complete a proper inspection. Electrical receptacles in “wet” areas (Exterior, garage, kitchen and baths) should not be obstructed by appliances or debris.

  • Plumbing System: Clear access to water heater and under sinks will be needed as these areas are all part of a home inspection.

  • Structure: All windows and doors (including garage) should be able to be operated through their full range of motion for proper inspection.

Tepee Inspections prefers that a home inspection be as non-invasive as possible and wishes to thank you in advance for complying as much as possible with the points listed above.