When preparing for a Home Inspection, I request from the Listing Agent and Sellers that the home be “Inspection Ready”.
What does this mean:
Utilities are turned on. This includes water, electrical, and gas services (including pilot lights). As the home inspector I do not turn these on for safety reasons, as I have no way to know why they are turned off, for example, leaking gas appliances.
Replace any missing, or burned out light bulbs. If a light switch is operable, but the bulb is burned out, I have no way of knowing unless the bulb is replaced.
Test and Replace as necessary, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Remove as much as possible any storage obstructions as this prevents a thorough inspection.
Provide adequate access to HVAC equipment, electrical service panels, water heaters, attics and crawlspaces. If the attic access is sealed, please break the seal so a thorough inspection of the attic can be provided for the buyer.
Unlock any locked areas so a full home inspection can be provided.
From the buyers perspective things look a bit different, but with just a little information things can run smoothly for everyone.
The process for booking & attending your home inspection:
Have a completed purchase agreement.
Once you have a completed purchase agreement, please email me the following information:
Your name, number, and current address
Your agents name, and number
The preferred day and time of your inspection
The MLS number
Once this information is received, we can coordinate your inspection time.
I will reach out to the sellers, and listing agent to initiate the inspection process.
On the day of the inspection, I ask that you arrive at the agreed upon time. At this time I will provide you with an educational walk through of the home. This will include any found deficiencies, as well as maintenance recommendations for the future. I will also answer any questions you may have. I’m here to help and if you have any questions I can’t answer, I will go out of my way to get an answer for you promptly.
The inspection report will be emailed to you within 24 hours. This full inspection report includes information on the roof, exterior, structural, interior, insulation & ventilation, heating & cooling, plumbing and electrical. It also includes pictures, and illustrations when I thought they may be helpful and insightful in identifying deficiencies. I also make recommendations for remedy when possible.