Having everything ready for the inspection can prevent unnecessary delays. For liability reasons, home inspectors are not required, nor advised to move items blocking access to areas that need to be inspected. Failure to provide access to these areas during the inspection can lead to incomplete results, call backs, additional fees or a frustrated buyer. Most home inspectors will charge an additional fee if they must return to the property to inspect items which were not accessible.
To make the process as smooth as possible, the seller should verify that:
- All utilities are on
- Pilot lights are lit (The gas provider will usually light pilots at no cost to the owner.)
- Attic access doors are clear of clothing or stored items
- Crawlspace entrances are not blocked or nailed in place
- Water meter and main water lines are accessible
- Hot water heater and surrounding area are accessible
- Furnace and surrounding area are accessible
- Air conditioning units and surrounding area are accessible
- Electrical panels and sub panels are accessible
- Decorative items from doors and windows are removed
- Kitchen counter tops are clear. Please remove items from the oven and dishwasher.
- Foundation walls, especially the corners of the basement, are clear of stored items
- The garage overhead and service doors are clear of items
- Provide a safe place for pets
Whether a prospective buyer, home inspector, appraiser or real estate agent is coming into your home, it’s important to provide a safe place for pets to be. This may mean a sturdy, appropriately-sized kennel in the home. It can also mean taking the pet to a friend or relative they are comfortable with until things are more settled.
Please remember, many of these professionals will need to view both the interior and exterior of the home. Simply putting pets in an open yard is not enough.
This information was provided by John Daugherty with National Property Inspections. Visit his website at npiweb.com/daugherty