PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR THE BUYER’S INSPECTION
- We suggest that you not be present for the inspection.
- Do not try to conceal any defects that you may know about.
- Do not rush the inspector; permit the inspector to look at whatever area of the home that the inspector deems necessary. A home inspection of an average size home will take about three hours.
- The inspector understands that the inspection is a necessary intrusion into the privacy of your home and will make every effort to be as professional and courteous as possible.
- All exterior doors should be made accessible; be sure all door locks are operable.
- All areas of the home must be made accessible, especially utility room areas, and access entry to basement crawl spaces and attic crawl spaces. If the access to your attic crawl space is via a closet, the inspector will appreciate opening the closet door and finding that you have been thoughtful enough to remove clothing and stored items that inhibit entry to the attic.
- The inspector will want to remove the cover on the electric service panel to examine the electrical wiring, be sure that the panel is accessible, and that the cover can be readily removed.
- The inspector will want to functionally test all of the plumbing fixtures, if there are any leaks, or other problems, have these conditions corrected prior to the inspection or advise the inspector not to operate the defective fixtures.
HEATING AND AIR-CONDITIONING
- The inspector will want to functionally test the heating and air-conditioning systems. If your home has an oil fired heating system, be sure that there is sufficient fuel in the tank. If your system is a forced air system, be sure that the air filter is clean to ensure a maximum air flow.