How to prepare for a home inspection
1. Clean the house to clear up clutter to allow the Home Inspector access to rooms, windows, plumbing, systems, and appliances.
2. Reserve time in your schedule for Home Inspection.
3. Be on time, because the Home Inspector will be.
4. Leave the utilities connected, and turned on.
5. Keep pilot lights ignited.
6. Provide ample workspace around furnace, electrical panel, and water heater.
7. Provide clear access to attic and garage areas.
8. Clear away brush from exterior access points.
9. Leave keys for locked areas as well as plumbing and electrical boxes.
10. Have repair documents ready for the Home Inspector to make note of previous repairs.
A Home Inspection will take 2 to 3 hours (or more depending on size and/or condition of the property), consisting of a detailed walk-through of the home you’re looking to purchase or sell. It is a top-to-bottom visual inspection of the physical structure, as well as its mechanical and electrical systems, to include the roof, plumbing, ceilings, walls, floors, windows, doors, attic and basement or crawlspace (if applicable). The Home Inspector will check the major appliances are functioning as intended, as well as the heating and air-conditioning systems. The Home Inspector will take pictures and notes to be included in the inspection report; noting the items and areas inspected, listing possible safety concerns, recommendations for repair/replacement, and suggested maintenance tips.
A Home Inspector is Not a Building Code Inspector, and a Home Inspection doesn’t necessarily determine whether your home is compliant with current local building codes. The Home Inspector should be knowledgeable of building codes and will be able to provide you with information about Code issues that may be present.
The goal of the Home Inspection is to uncover and identify issues with the home itself. A Home Inspection is not pass/fail. The inspection is to provide you with as much information as possible about your home for sale, to command top dollar. Or to provide you with information about your potential new home and your decision to move forward with the purchase.