On the short list I would insist on - all utilities on and tested - electric, gas (heating source), water, sewer transferred - be sure your basic essentials can be serviced. Also garbage service - township service or privately contracted? if the later, hiring the company that serviced the past owner is probably the easiest thing to do. Generally speaking, get a list of contacts for services the prior owner used, easier to get before you close rather than trying to track it down later. Another things I'd ask, landscaping? snow removal? Aside from that, if there a gutter issue, good idea to take care of that heading into a midwest winter, if you have a water issue - have someone take a look at that so you can rest easy or consider resolution. Another thing is whether the flooring/carpets need clearing - always easier done when there is no furniture to work around.
From a safety perspective, yes, be sure you have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers in place. In my area, an inspection by the township is required checking for compliance in placement and functionality of all of these things prior to closing - is the responsibility of the owner/landlord - and a requirement prior to close. Check with your agent on this - insist on seeing proof that it was done and if not requried, do it yourself. You can usually more information at the township website. Safety above all else!
Good luck to you,
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You are asking some questions that need more detail to help you in answering them. For instance, are you moving across town or across country? How many rooms of furniture will you be moving? You might want to call a moving company for an estimate or a "Pods" type company & hire your own movers to load & unload the containers. I've done this a couple of times & found this to save quite a bit of money.
We have no idea of the size of the home you are talking about, could you include a link to the property?
If you are serious about the property, having a good inspector will be very helpful. Are you working wit a Realtor? They will be very helpful as well in directing you to inspectors & handymen to help you.