8 TIPS TO HELP YOUR HOME INSPECTOR

MANY ASK WHAT THEY CAN DO HELP PREPARE FOR THEIR HOME INSPECTION. BELOW ARE SOME TIPS TO HELP YOUR HOME INSPECTOR GET YOUR INSPECTION DONE PROPERLY…

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 get to the attic area. We are not supposed to move your personal items.

Electric panel: The inspector will be removing the cover and inspecting the wiring inside. Please move any storage in front of the panel.

Computers: The inspector will be tripping any GFCI breakers and/or outlets. Sometimes when removing the panel cover, a breaker is accidentally turned off. We recommend that any programs being run be saved and the computer shut down.

Appliances: An inspector does not have to inspect the appliances, but I do check them to see if they appear to operate. There is no warranty or guarantee because an inspector cannot predict future conditions. I run the dishwasher through a cycle. Turn on the disposal. Turn the burners on and oven to see whether they are heating up. Check the refrigerator. If the food is cold and the food in the freezer is frozen it is considered working.

Dogs: Please make arrangements to have your dogs out of the inspectors’ way. The inspector will need to look at all sides of the house and garage both inside and out.

Basements and garages: When possible, please remove as much storage as possible away from the walls of these areas so the inspector can do a more adequate inspection of these areas. I realize sometimes this is not possible. Also make sure there is no storage around the furnace and water heater.

Plumbing: Water should be on during the inspection. If the water is off at the main, leave a note giving the inspector permission to turn the water on or I will call the listing agent for permission to turn the water on. Water will be turned off again after the inspection.

Children: Minor children should not be in the home when the inspection is going on. If an adult cannot be present, please make arrangements for the children.

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