Here is what you can expect…
A typical home inspection takes four and half to five hours and half hours, and during this time the house is examined from the ground up and from the outside in. It is best to vacate the home and allow the inspector and buyers the opportunity to do their inspection thoroughly.
The inspection will typically include a thorough walk-through of the house during which the condition of the property is closely scrutinized, defects and deficiencies, if any, are noted, and recommendations for repair are made to the buyer. The inspector will look for issues that could have significant impact from a health and safety perspective, or purely from a financial standpoint.
The inspector will usually arrive on his own approximately 30 minutes early and will begin on the exterior and roof, we will grant access through the lockbox, and the buyer's along with their agent will usually show up for the last hour and a half or so to go over the inspectors findings and report.
A good home inspection will include observation, and when appropriate the operation, of the plumbing, heating, air conditioning, electrical, and appliance systems, as well as observation of structural components: roof, foundation, basement, exterior and interior walls, chimney, doors, and windows.
Findings are usually provided to the Buyer in the form of a comprehensive inspection report, which includes an objective evaluation of the condition the home clearly outlining any existing defects and potential problems.
Preparing your home for inspection is important and being prepared can help the inspection and the sale of your home go smoothly. Here are some important things you can do to prepare for the home inspector.
Make sure house is clean and tidy inside and out.
Sounds simple, yet home owners often overlook this. A clean home says that you take care of the house.
Provide access to attic, basement/crawl space and garage.
The inspector will need to get into your attic, basement, crawl space and garage so remove any boxes, furniture or debris away from these areas and away from the walls in these areas so the inspector can have easy access without upsetting your belongings. Also, vacuum spider webs in these areas.
Provide space to work around furnace and water heaters.
Remove boxes, bookcases, furniture, and anything else block access to your furnace, air conditioner, and water heater.
Make sure Pilot Lights Ignited.
Many home inspectors will refuse to light pilot lights because they are not covered for that type of liability. If your pilot lights are not lit, important items such as the water heater, gas stove or furnace will not be inspected. The buyer could delay closing until those inspections are completed.
Leave utilities connected.
The home inspector will need to turn on the stove, run the dishwasher, and test the furnace and air conditioning. Leave utilities on, especially if the house is vacant. Without utilities, the inspector will have to reschedule.
Leave Keys for Outbuildings & Electrical Boxes.
Leave the remote controls for your garage door opener or a key if the garage is unattached to the house. Unlock the covers for your sprinkler system and electrical box. Leave a key for exterior building access.
Provide any repair documents.
Make available all invoices, receipts and warranty information for repairs, remodeling projects or new items such as a roof, furnace, appliances etc.
Be on time, the inspector usually is.
Often home inspectors are early. If an inspector makes an appointment with you for 9:00 am, have the house ready for inspection at 8:30 am.
A home inspection can be required for a number of reasons, buying, selling, repairing, and assessing value.
The above steps will make the process run smoother, and result in a more effective report.