A re-inspection generally takes significantly less time than a complete inspection and focuses only on the items that were marked as marginal or defective in the original home inspection report. In general, it’s a good idea to prioritize safety items such as electrical issues or loose railings, before making cosmetic changes.
The re-inspection is also a good opportunity to again ask the inspector to point out important shut-offs for the heating, electrical and plumbing systems. Mark these components so that they are easy to find in the event of an emergency.
Other things you might consider when you first move into a property include:
- Labeling the circuits in electrical panels.
- Having wood burning appliances inspected by a licensed professional before the first use.
- Changing the locks on all the doors and install dead bolts for increased security.