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March 2009 Issue
The Inspector Is Coming
Tips To Help Sellers Better Prepare For The Home Inspection
Your have found a buyer for
your home and the home inspection has been scheduled. Don’t Panic!
Here is a list of tips that
will make the inspection go smoothly and help prevent delays because the
house was not ready for the inspection.
- During the inspection the inspector
will need access to your entire home.
- Leave your home prepared to be away
for 2 ½ – 3 hours for a typical sized house. During the
inspection not only will the inspector be there, but also
your buyers and their agent normally are present as well.
This can be very stressful for the home owner and it is best
to be away. If you do decide to stay don’t attempt to refute
negative comments or negotiate with the buyers. Your time to
explain and negotiate will come after the buyer’s agent has
responded to your agent about the inspection findings.
- If you have cars parked in your garage
/carport make sure they are not blocking access to doors,
closets, cabinets, electrical panels, or drop down attic
- Replace any burnt out light bulbs on
the property, including both indoors and outdoors. The
inspector will not replace bulbs to determine if light
fixtures function. A light that does not function will be
labeled as not working or unable to determine if functional.
- Do not cover up problems hoping the
inspector will not find them.
- Have all utilities (water, electric,
and gas) turned on at the property. The electrical circuit
breakers should be in the on position, the main water valve
should be open, as well as the main gas valve. All supply
valves for toilets & sinks should also be in the open
position. Be sure have the pilot lights lit on your gas
appliances, such as the water heater, heating unit, gas log
sets, and oven. Remember the inspector is not allowed to
turn on the water and gas shutoff valves or light pilot
- Make sure access is provided to the
attic area entrance, the closets, the electrical panel, the
water heater, and the furnace. Remove personal items from
around these areas so the inspector is provided with three
to four feet of working space to perform his inspection.
Make sure that the attic area is cleared so that once the
inspector is in the attic he can travel through it as well.
If your attic access is in a closet you should remove all
items from the closet so that the inspector has access to
- Clear away overgrown bushes and trees
from around the house so that the inspector can view your
houses foundation and siding.
- Ensure that pets will not hinder the
inspector. Either remove them from the premises or secure
them in an area that will still allow the inspector complete
access to all sides of the house and yard.
- Leave keys for locks on outbuildings,
fences, or other areas the inspector will need access to.
Following these tips can ease some of the anxiety related to a home
inspection and enable the inspector evaluate your home properly.
Agents click here to download a copy of this tip sheet to give to your
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