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Preparing for a home inspection

Preparing for a home inspection


Most people don’t flip a lot of properties; they purchase a home live in it for a time and maybe sell it down the road. It may be a foreign matter having to hire a home inspector and there is nothing wrong with that. Here are some important tips to get familiar with when it is time to hire a home inspector.


Clean the house.

This sounds so simple yet home owners often overlook this tactic. Home inspectors are people first and inspectors second. As people, they carry preconceived ideas of how well a home has been maintained. Clean homes say you care and take care of the house.


Be on time to the inspection.

If you are at work and you have to come home to meet the inspector arrive on time, it’s only courteous. Sometimes home inspectors are early. If an inspector makes an appointment with you for 9:00 a.m., have the house ready for inspection at 9:00 a.m. It's also common for inspectors to start on the exterior of the home, so leave the shades down or drapes drawn until you are dressed. More than one unprepared seller has been "surprised" by a stranger stomping around in the back yard.


Leave any and all utilities connected.

The home inspector will need to turn on the stove, run the dishwasher, test the furnace and air conditioning, it is important to leave the utilities on, especially if the house is vacant. It's impossible to check receptacles for grounding and reverse polarity if the power is turned off. Without utilities, the inspector will have to reschedule, which could delay the closing of your transaction and the removal of the buyer's home inspection contingency.


Remove items blocking areas around utility centers

Remove boxes, bookcases, furniture and anything else blocking access to your furnace, air conditioner and water heater. The inspector will need three to four feet of working space to inspect these items.


Provide safe and easy access to attic and crawl spaces

The inspector will need to get into your basement and / or attic as well, so keep a path cleared. Move boxes away from the walls. Make sure there is easy access to crawl spaces if necessary. Vacuum cob webs.


Clear exterior brush

Make sure your inspector has unimpeded access to any important inspection areas such as gas meters windows plumbing spigot’s etc.


For the most part just think and plan ahead for your home inspection. Preparing in advance will make your home inspection go smoothly and quickly.


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