Home inspections are a regular part of living in government housing and on a military base. When the officials come to do the inspection, there are several requirements and residents can be sure each point will be given a thorough check.
The inspector will look at the inside as well as the outside of the home and there are several areas that will be given rapt attention. Make sure the entire property is as clean as possible because infractions will cost the occupant - a lot.
Residents who are moving out of military housing will have a more thorough inspection than someone who is getting an inspection because of an impromptu visit, a scheduled visit or a complaint. Homes must be totally clean and all trash removed. After moving, a final inspection is done to make sure there are no damages.
Many times the inspector may stop by unannounced, so it is best to try to keep the living quarters in tip-top shape at all times. Here are some of the areas that need to be cleaned;
INSIDE THE HOUSE
* Top and bottom of ceiling fan blades
* Underneath the stove and refrigerator
* Clean the oven
* Make sure all light-bulbs work
* Clean all central-air vents throughout the house
* Scrub and clean all baseboards
* Make sure the inside of the fridge is clean and tidy
* Sanitize and clean the dishwasher and microwave oven
* Mop all floors
* Clean the windows, the window panes and surrounding wood
* Purchase new trays for the stove-top burners - if this is a vacate, do not use them
Take a tour of every room in the house and get rid of anything that make the area look cluttered. If there is a lot of 'junk' lying around, donate the extra items to Goodwill, have a yard sale or give them to family or neighbors. Put away any items that are not needed.
Inspections performed when the resident is moving should be taken very seriously. To keep from paying hundreds or thousands of dollars because of 'damages', all residents should make sure they understand what is required - before inspectors arrive.
Get an inspection checklist that show all of the areas of interest as well as what is expected. Get off to a good start by making a good impression as soon as the official arrive;
OUTSIDE THE HOUSE
* Mow the grass
* Trim the hedges
* Make sure the yard is free of debris
* Repair any damage made by pets
When the inspection is done because of moving, the cleaning should be more thorough;
* Take down any fences, sheds and swings
* If flowers were planted, remove them
* Take up any added walk-ways and yard decor
It is wise to take a photo on move-in day and return the outside and inside back the way it in the photos. If several plants and shrubs need to be removed, do this well in advance and plant grass seeds that will be sprouting by the time of inspection.
Everything that belong to the resident should be removed - everything! To get the quarters cleaned, the way it should be a cleaning service can do the job.
* Remove window treatments and wall hangings
* Fill all nail holes and repaint the areas
* Take all personal decor and replace it with the original government-issued decor
Anything that wasn't there on moved-in day should not (cannot be) be left behind on move-out day. Any painting done to walls or ceilings must be returned to the original color, any additions must be subtracted.
The garage, attic and basement, crawl spaces and storage sheds will be checked. If movers were hired, do not let them leave before checking behind them to make sure everything was properly removed and loaded on the truck. Immediately after passing an inspection, all keys must be relinquished.
Home inspections are quite strict and no one is allowed to 'cheat'. The rules are in place and the inspector is so unwavering because the home has to be in good condition for the next family - without the government paying for repairs. But, all residents have the right to request a second opinion.
Normal wear and tear is taken into consideration, but if there is excessive damage, the cost is the responsibility of the occupant. Residents are encouraged to be present during inspections, but it is not required.
Keep in mind, the soldier cannot leave the base without removing all personal property - indoors and out. A 'certificate of inspection' that can be used as a reference, is available when the area is properly cleaned, there is no damage and a zero balance is left.
To pass the inspection, the best thing to do is make sure the home is clean and in its original state.