A standard home inspection is a visual examination of the physical, structure and major systems of a residential building. However, it should be clearly understood that a home inspection is NOT to be confused with an appraisal, home warranty evaluation, building code inspection, or a guarantee of any kind, and /or an insurance policy on the condition of the property.
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· When you leave your home prepared to be away for 2 – 3 hours for a typical sized house. During the inspection not only will the inspector be there, but also your buyers and their agent might be present as well. This may be very stressful for you as the home owner and it is best to be away. If you do decide to stay please don’t attempt to refute negative comments or negotiate with the buyers. Your time to explain and negotiate will come after the buyer’s agent has responded to your agent about the inspection findings.
· Remove all cars parked in your garage /carport make sure they are not blocking access to doors, closets, cabinets, electrical panels, or drop down attic stairs
· Replace any burnt out light bulbs on the property, including both indoors and outdoors. A light that does not function will be labeled as not working or unable to determine if functional.
· Do not try to cover up problems hoping the inspector will not find them.
· Have all utilities (water, electric, and gas) turned on at the property. The electrical circuit breakers should be in the on position; the main water valve should be open, as well as the main gas valve. All supply valves for toilets & sinks should also be in the open position. Be sure to have all pilots lit on your gas appliances, such as the water heater, heating unit, gas log sets, and oven. The inspector is not allowed to turn on water, gas shutoff valves or light pilot lights
· Make sure access is provided to the attic area entrance, the closets, the electrical panel, the water heater, and the furnace. Remove all personal items from around these areas so the inspector is provided with three to four feet of working space to perform his inspection. The attic area should be cleared so that once the inspector is in the attic he can travel through it as well. If your attic access is in a closet remove all items from the closet so that the inspector has access to the attic
· All overgrown bushes and trees should be cleared from around the house so that the inspector can view your houses foundation and siding.
· Pets should not be allowed to hinder the inspector. Either remove them from the premises or secure them in an area that will still allow the inspector complete access to all sides of the house and yard.
· Keys for locks on outbuildings, fences, or other areas should be left so the inspector may have access to them. Following these tips may ease some of the anxiety related to a home inspection and enable the inspector to evaluate your home properly.
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