Moving clutter makes it nearly impossible for a
Home Inspector to do his job correctly.
It is in the Seller’s best interest to make sure the home is accessible for an inspection. If buyers cannot obtain a satisfactory inspection because of the clutter, then it may cost the seller a potential sale.
According to the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) an inspection addresses only those components and conditions that are present, visible, and accessible at the time of the inspection.
The inspector is not required to climb over obstacles, move furnishings or stored items.
The inspector is not required to turn on decommissioned equipment, systems, utility services.
The inspector needs access to:
· Electrical Outlets/Plugs
· Electrical panels
· Windows & Doors
· Appliances → Water Heaters, A/C Units (inside and out)
→ Kitchen Appliances – ready to use
· Attic Access
· Under House Crawl Space
EXAMPLE: A water heater located in a closet should have clear access to be inspected. Water heaters in a garage should also have clear access.
Having items stored on top of or around the water heater can be hazardous as well as keep it from being accessible to an inspector or a plumber should it need repair.
If seller is packing and storing packed boxes in rooms, it is suggested to leave at least a 2 foot clearance around the edge of the room for inspecting.