You have a buyer for your home! That’s fantastic! The contract is accepted and pending a satisfactory home inspection. Everyone wants it to be seamless. So, here are a few tips for you, the seller, to help make sure the inspector can perform his inspection without a hitch OR without causing disruption in your home. Following these tips will help assure the inspection process goes smoothly for both you and your buyer.
All utility’s need to be on
This may seem an like an obvious statement to make, but it happens. No utilities, no inspection unless it’s a partial inspection. If water is shut off at the main, you will want to have someone turn it on prior to the inspection. This is applicable for fireplace gas lines too.
Access to the attic
The inspector will need to get into the attic or at least view the attic from the opening. If the access panel is in a closet, please make enough room for the inspector and his ladder, so he can access it. Although we understand this is your home, inspectors won’t position a ladder on top of your fantastic 15 year collection of shoes, suitcases or remote control cars, nor will they have time to relocate them:
The inspector will be removing the cover of the panel and inspecting the wiring inside. Please move any storage in front of the panel. If there is a picture hanging over it, kindly let us know it’s there.
The inspector will be tripping any GFCI breakers and/or outlets. Sometimes when removing the electrical panel cover, a breaker is accidentally turned off. We recommend that any programs being run are saved and computers shut down. Clocks sometimes get re set too and we know how annoying this can be……we apologize in advance.
Be sure you are ready for the inspector to test these. Running the dishwasher through a cycle, turning on on the disposal, turning the stove burners and oven on to see whether they are heating up are the major appliances checked. Each home inspection company is different on the scope of their inspection so to be safe, remove dishes from the dishwasher, pots or pans from the oven/stove, dirty or wet clothes from the washer/dryer and any snacks tucked in the microwave so the testing can be completed.
Please make arrangements to have your furry friends in a safe place. We’d hate to have Fido run off the inspector but more importantly, we want to make sure they don’t accidentally get out. The inspector will be looking at the outside of your home too so please advise them if there is something to be aware of. (gate that doesn’t latch properly etc).
Basements and garages
Lastly, once your inspection is complete, the inspection report always goes to the person who paid for the service. If there are any questions or concerns regarding your home after the inspector leaves, please let you agent know or contact the inspection company directly. If it was AmeriSpec, we pride ourselves on our 98% customer satisfaction and have a full time office staff on hand to take your call. Knowing what to expect when your new buyers set up the inspection will help minimize your frustration and save time in the process. Thanks for reading!
Do you have a question for our inspectors? Email me: jeads@AmeriSpecNE.com and we’ll share it on our blog.
- On October 13, 2017
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