Preparing For A Home Inspection

    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.

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    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)
    -Programmable Thermostats
    -Gas fireplaces
    -Appliances

    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!

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