How to prepare for a home inspection

Home inspectors can only report on what we can see. Ensure that there is sufficient access to the main areas of your house, including panels and systems.

Your Home Inspection Checklist

Vacant houses are ideal for home inspections but there are additional steps you can take to prepare an occupied home. Arrange open access to areas that require inspection. While basements and attics may seem obvious, include less obvious places like furnace rooms or even under sinks.

Sit, Fido!

Make sure your pets are crated or removed from the property for the walkthrough. This will help ensure a safe and clear route for your home inspector!

Check your lights!

Replace any bulbs that are burnt out so that you know your light fixture is working properly ahead of time. This is also an opportunity to check that your fuse box is labeled accordingly!

Most importantly – don’t forget to leave the utilities on!

A quick walkthrough!

Do your own survey beforehand. You may catch faulty hardware or stumble upon some water damage. These are things that you can repair before you have an evaluation.

Edmonton Home Inspection Services

At Lean and Green, our inspections are performed in accordance with the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and the Alberta Professional Home Inspectors Society (APHIS). Our ASHI Standard of Practice for Home Inspections highlights:

Structural Components

This can include inspecting the foundation and framing structures.


This can include eaves, window well drains, decks, retaining walls, or walkways.

This can include inspecting the roofing materials, drainage systems, or skylights.
This can include water supply, distribution, and drainage systems.
This can include panel wires, installation, junction boxes, outlets, switches, and cover plates.
Heating & Cooling
This can include vent and distribution systems.
This can include walls, ceilings, floors, installed appliances, doors and windows
Insulation & Ventilation
This can include insulation in unfinished spaces, and exhaust systems in the kitchen, laundry, and bath.
This can include fuel-burning appliances, accessories installed in fireplaces, and chimneys.
This list is representative but not exhaustive. For more information about our home inspection services email us.