Preparing for the Home Inspection
Part of the job of the inspector is to help the new buyers feel calm, and at home, during the inspection. As such they will likely be turning on the lights and making the house as comfortable and inviting as possible. While it is certainly your right to be present for the home inspection, I highly recommend against it. Expect the inspection to take 2- 4 hours. The inspector will schedule through the showing service, so don’t decline the showing. This is likely the longest chance the buyers will have to be in the home since they made an offer, before it becomes theirs. While the inspector is going through his process, most buyers consider this their time to really look over the house, plan where furniture will go, measure windows, etc.
If you have information you wish to share with the buyers or the home inspector, feel free to let me know or leave a note on the kitchen counter clearly labeled.
In regards to any pets that you may have, please keep in mind that many people are uncomfortable around unfamiliar animals. If at all possible, I recommend you find somewhere for your pets to spend the time during the inspection. This is not only for the inspector and buyer, but I also don’t want your pets to be distressed by strangers coming into their territory.
The following are some more handy tips for preparing for the home inspection:
1. De-clutter your appliances so that they can be appropriately tested. (the dishwasher and oven will be turned on, so make sure they are empty)
2. Replace burned-out light bulbs so the inspector can easily check all switches or the light fixture will be reported as defective.
3. Garage Access. Make sure there is clear access to systems that need to be inspected.
- Have clear access to attic, make sure there are no items in the way of the pull down stair case. The inspector will go in attic space to inspect.
- Clear access to the electrical panel
- Clear access to the irrigation control
- Clear access to the water heater
- and other areas that will need to be inspected.
4. Be honest about what doesn’t work and disclose it to the inspector in advance.
5. Check your smoke detectors – it would be a good idea to make sure they are in place and functioning or they will be called out on the inspection report.
6. Clean debris from gutters and roof.
7. Caulk around windows and doors and any exterior wall penetrations, if not, it will be called out on inspection report as deferred maintenance.
8. Clean HVAC filters. Clean dirty air returns and vents.
9. Provide all documentation for recent major repairs so it can be provide to buyer
The inspection process is a critical part of the closing process, and the more you do to facilitate a smooth inspection, the better our chances are of reaching that closing table!