How to Prepare for an Inspection
In order to prevent delaying your inspection, and to provide the most complete inspection possible, several things are needed:
The licensing board requires that a signed inspection agreement be on file prior to your inspection. Be sure to fax, mail, or deliver your agreement paperwork as soon as possible so your inspection date does not have to be re-scheduled.
Make arrangements for payment of the inspection. Cash, check, or credit card may be used for payment either prior to, or at the time of the inspection. Payment may be made at the time of closing if a credit card is used to secure payment, and if closing is scheduled in 30 days or less. A separate agreement is required for delayed payments.
Access to the home:
It is the client’s responsibility to provide access to the property. You or your Real Estate Agent should set the inspection schedule with the owner/seller. If a lock box is installed at the home, the combination or Call Before Showing (CBS) code should be provided. Otherwise someone will need to be there to provide access to the home.
Make sure the home is ready:
In order to get a complete inspection, all utilities must be turned on, and all appliances and equipment must be activated. I will not be able to turn on any utility, electrical breakers, etc. or start up any appliance or equipment that is “shut down” or “winterized.” Unlocking the gas and electric meters are not enough. Make sure the furnace, water heater, fireplace, and pilot lights are functioning and that all electrical breakers are switched to the “On” position.
If there are any pets in the home, request that they be removed or caged. All dogs are nice to their owners. It’s the strange home inspector that comes in alone that they like to eat! If pets are closed into a room, I will not be able to inspect that room.
Schedule around the movers. Many times the owner/seller may be packing or loading the moving van near the time of the inspection. The packing boxes and furniture can block access to important equipment or entire rooms. Try to schedule the inspection around these activities. The best time for the inspection is after the owner has moved out; this opens the entire home for inspection with no access limitations due to boxes and furniture.
If possible, plan to attend the inspection
or stop by near the end of the inspection for a review of the findings. Although the report will provide all the details, it is good if you are able to view the issues and concerns with the inspector and ask questions.