Clear Space Around Key Access Points and Utilities
This goes hand-in-hand with making sure your house is cleaned before the inspector arrives. A home inspector is going to be inspecting every major access point and utility during their inspection, but they generally won’t move any of your belongings to clear a path. For the sake of a successful inspection, make sure there is nothing impeding their ability to perform the inspection.
Be sure to remove any boxes or furniture that might be obstructing access to electrical panels, fireplaces, crawlspaces, attics, the basement, and underneath sinks. You also need to make sure there is a clear workspace around air conditioning units, furnaces, hot water heaters, and any other appliances that will be staying in the home. You should also make sure any exterior inspection points are accessible (drainage, electrical boxes, septic/plumbing, etc.).
Replace Light Bulbs and Batteries
Your inspector will also check any lighting and alarm fixtures throughout the home. To avoid being listed as inoperable, make sure that all lightbulbs and smoke detector batteries are replaced and functioning prior to inspection.
A home inspector is going to want to know the service history of the home they’re inspecting. Have any documents regarding maintenance, repairs, remodeling, or possible insurance claims organized and immediately available to the inspector. Documents can include (but are not limited to) invoices, proposals, and schematics/blueprints.