Congratulations! You have received an offer on your home, the papers are signed and the next step in the process is your home inspection. Getting ready for a home inspection will help to prevent future problems. Here are some things you should consider before the inspector visits your home:
1) Clean your home: This sounds so simple, yet home owners often overlook this tactic. Clean homes say that you care and take care of the home.
2) Leave the utilities connected: The home inspector will need to turn on the stove, run the dishwasher, test the furnace and air conditioning… even if vacant. Without utilities, the inspector will need to reschedule, which could cause delay in the closing of your home, and they even charge the buyer a re-inspection fee to make a return trip.
3) Keep the pilot lights ignited: Many home inspectors will refuse to light the pilot lights because the inspector many not carry enough insurance to be covered for that type of liability/risk. If the pilot lights are not lit, then the water heater, gas stove or furnace won’t be inspected, which could cause delay as well as additional fees to the buyer.
4) Clear access: Ensure access to critical areas of your house such as your electrical box, furnace, air conditioning units, attic door, and any other possible locked spaces. If the inspector cannot gain access, he or she will be unable to include them in the report, which will raise questions for your buyers.
5) Banish clogs: Go through your entire house to check all the sink drains. Run water and if you notice a slow drain, you can try using store bought clog removers.
6) Replace bulbs: We see this quite a bit on inspection reports! Check all your light fixtures to make sure the light bulbs are working. Inspectors only get an overhead view and cannot determine if the bulb itself is out or if there’s possibly an underlying electrical issue.
7) Change your filters: Replace your furnace return air filters. Not only do dirty filters impact the efficiency of your overall HVAC system, they also show neglect, which isn’t the impression you want to leave with your inspector.
8) Check your monitors: Be sure to have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Test before inspection day and look at the expiration dates. You should have a smoke alarm on every level of your home and at least one carbon monoxide detector.
9) Toilets flowing: Flush your toilets to see if they aren’t performing as they should. Sometimes a fix is as easy as adjusting the water level in your tank. Make sure the screws on the base of the toilet are tightened, as well.
10) Prepare to be away for three hours minimum: Many inspections can take up to 3 hours to complete, or more for a bigger home. Try to schedule to be out of the house, along with children AND pets for that time frame.
If you purchased your home within the last few years, then you probably still have a copy of your home inspection report. This gives you the opportunity to review any unaddressed issues.
When in doubt, just give us a call!