How to Prepare for a Home Inspection
When a Seller gets a pre-listing home inspection OR a Home owner requires a periodic home inspection, they need to get their homes prepared for the home inspector so that the inspection is conducted in an optimal fashion.
The following recommendations from House Curious will help the seller/owner prepare for the home inspection in advance:
- Remove clutter so that the home inspector has visual access to as many areas as possible.
- Be on time to the inspection so that you can fully participate in all aspects of the investigation.
- Have the home exterior ready for inspection as the inspector may start examining the outer area of the home if you are not ready. This includes leaving fences unlocked and dogs tied up.
- The home inspector should be informed of the occupants of the home, especially any children or elderly people.
- To the extent possible, pets should be removed from the property to allow full access to all areas that are to be inspected.
- Closets need to be cleared if they provide access to the attic.
- Keep all utilities connected – The home inspector will have to check the stove, test the furnace and test the air conditioner. It is gооd to lеаvе thе utilities оn, so that the inspector can assess their functionality.
- Provide a work area around Furnace and Water Heaters for the inspector.
- Many home inspectors may not check the pilot lights if they are not lit. It is a good idea to keep them on before the inspection process starts.
- Ensure easy access to the garage and try to minimize overcrowding in this area.
- The garage and electrical boxes should be kept open or have keys attached for ease of use.
- Give ample time for the home inspector to conduct the inspection. Between 2-4 hours is typical.
- If you are aware of potential concerns, raise them immediately when the inspector arrives.
During the inspection, note аnу quеѕtіоnѕ thаt mау аrіѕе durіng the walk-through. Every home inspection will uncover a few flaws in your property. Discuss the problem areas, understand the urgency, and gain an estimate of the repair costs. You can then estimate the repair costs and handle each issue accordingly. It helps in the long run as repair costs spent annually drastically reduces with regular inspection.
A good preparation for the home inspection is beneficial to all involved. After all, a comprehensive report is facilitated by your active preparation…