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Can a home inspection be done without electricity?

Home inspection – If The Water, Electric or Gas Is Not On, What Do You Do?

The primary reason for a home inspection is learn about the condition of the home and if the heater, dishwasher and other things are working properly. When the electric, gas or water is not on, then the question comes up, as to what is the best thing to do.

So, The Short Answer is YES....

Whenever this is the case, the home inspector will usually notate is a partial inspection, which is better than no inspection. 

Home Inspection Tips, First time home buyers

But When possible – have the utilities turned on before the inspection

Without the utilities on it is difficult for the home inspector to operate the dishwasher, check for plumbing leaks, or operate the heaters. However, the inspector will still be able to look over the heater for signs of problems or look for what may be stains or other evidence of water leaks. Basically you could say that it is a partial inspection .

Other Options

When you first get an acceptance of your offer ask that the utilities be left on (if they are already on) and if one or more is not on, then ask that they be turned on right-away so that they will be on for your home inspection. At times your agent will recommend this or take care of it for you.


We all agree that a good home inspection is beneficial for the buyer, seller and the agents. It helps provide meaningful information about the home and makes buyers feel more comfortable with their decision.

Having the utilities on and all operable pilot lights lit is a good idea whenever possible.



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