IMPORTANT: Make sure all utilities are turned ON for a complete inspection. This includes electricity, water, and natural gas. Vacant homes often have the gas turned off. You will want to double check with the real estate agent in charge to make sure this is taken care of in order to have the property fully inspected. If the utilities are on then the water heater(s) and furnaces must have the gas valves turned to the ON position and the appliances operating.
For a complete inspection of occupied homes, please make sure access is available to the electrical panel board, water heaters, furnaces, heaters, attic ladders, garage scuttle hole doors, or half attic doors. Furniture and other items should not limit access to these areas. Pets need to be secured and all occupants must be informed of the arrival of the inspector.