You have an accepted offer on your home! After the paperwork is signed and happy dance is done the call will come to schedule an inspection on your home.
This process works best if you’ve left your house for the inspection. Many buyers will come along for the inspection and will be in your house for 2 or 3 hours. It’s best to prepare your house like you would prepare for a showing and in addition there are several things you can do to prepare for the inspection to help things run smoothly.
Turn on all utilities if any had been turned off
The inspector will check to make sure everything that turns on and off is in working order
-Light switches (replace burnt out bulbs)
Light all pilot lights if they have burn out
Clear the path! You’ll want to make sure the inspector can reach everything he or she needs to access
-The crawl space and attic
-The electrical panel
-All drains and pipes
-The furnace and appliances
Disarm any alarm systems
Communicate with the inspector, leave notes for anything the inspector should know
-How to deal with any pets you cannot take with you
-Any hard to find items
-Age of roof if known
-Explanation of signs of any previously fixed problem
-Well and Septic information
Having a smooth inspection will insure the most comprehensive and best results on your inspection report, and that’s always a good thing!