How to prepare your home for a home inspection.
The most important aspect of a thorough home inspection is making sure your home inspector has access to all areas of your home. This means unlocking doors removing clutter and having easy access to all areas of the home from the attic to the basement.
The home inspector’s job is to give a detailed report of the current condition of all systems in a home. This will ensure that the seller is disclosing all known or even unknown (to them) deficiencies in a property.
Thoroughly go thru your home an unlock doors and remove any clutter that may impede the inspectors ability to get into even the most remote areas of a home.
A home inspector may want to remove the circuit breaker panel cover to inspect the condition of wiring. In the case of older homes that may still have fuses an inspector will want to note the types and conditions of wiring and connections.
Heating and Air Conditioning
Make sure the home inspector you hire has access to these systems. Having these systems inspected is a top priority based essentially on the cost to replace or repair. HVAC system control air temp and air quality, if they happen to fail shortly after closing on a home the costs to repair or replace can get high really quick. A thorough inspection can give you an idea of the condition and where these appliances are in their life cycle.
Remove Pets on the Inspection Date
Your home inspector may be an animal lover but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good idea to take Fido for a walk or dog park visit during a home inspection.’ Distraction such as pets or children may cause a home inspector to rush thru the inspection and give your home the complete overview you are seeking.
Clean up Closets
You may have the cleanest home on the block but we all have issues throwing dirty or unworn cloths on the floor from time to time. Having clean closets gives your home inspector access to any outlets or attic doors he-she may need to enter. It’s a good idea to do a quick walk thru of all these spaces in your home and remove any clutter, (especially kid’s rooms).
In general there are a few things you can do to shorten the length of a home inspection report. Tighten any loose door knobs this just takes a couple seconds and a screwdriver. Also while you are walking around check power outlet covers and outlets themselves. You don’t need to be an electrician to perform this task you are not dealing with the wiring just the mounting screws and there should be very little chance of and contact with the electrical components.
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