Prepare For a Home Inspection

Prepare For a Home Inspection

It is always a good idea to be prepared for a home inspection. Before an inspection
make a list of questions or concerns about the property. Every question is very important
and it should be addressed before or after a home inspection. You are buying the property which is big investment, so you need to get a lot of information in order to gain valuable knowledge about the property technical condition.

During the home inspection, it is always recommended that buyer accompany home
inspector on the property inspection. In this way you will be able to get better picture about the home systems and components. Also, by attending the inspection, you have a chance to learn about characteristics of the home and get in-depth information about the property.

Real estate agent should talk to seller to make sure that all areas are readily accessible,
so inspection can go smoothly. These are steps to be taken to prepare home for home inspection.

  • Utilities are turned on electric, water, gas.
  • Pilot lights are lit. All fire-gas mechanical components should be lit.
  • Attic, basement and crawlspace needs to be readily accessible.
  • Electrical panels and sub-panels are accessible and cover can be readily removed.
  • Heating and air-conditioning units are accessible.
  • Doors are unlocked or leave keys for any locked areas (e.g. garage, storage).
  • Access to under sink plumbing are not blocked at kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Move furniture and personal items that may be blocking/preventing entry.
  • Water heater is accessible.
  • Pets are secured and completely under control.
  • Empty the dishwasher and washer-dryer.



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FAQs about home inspection.

What is a home inspection?

The home inspection is a visual observation of components, materials and mechanics of buildings systems of the property. It is also described as objective evaluation of building systems from foundation, footings to the roof.

What does home inspection includes?

The home inspection includes:
exterior, interior, structural, footing, roofing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), electrical and plumbing

Why do I need a home inspection?

Buying a home is big investment, so to know exactly what you are buying is crucial. To be sure that house is in good condition, the best thing by the home buyers is to hire home inspector to complete physical home inspection. The home inspection is the quick way to collect crucial information about deficiencies, defects and malfunctions of the particular property. During the inspection you have chance to ask as many questions as you want and to get valuable answers form the building professional.

How much will it cost?

If you are buying a home you already know that it will be probably yours the biggest investment of your lifetime. Of course you want to know the cost of home inspection. The cost is small fraction of money spent in comparing with investment you are about to make. When you are considering hiring the home inspector you should consider the education, experience and quality of work the home inspector is able to accomplish. The cost varies but also the knowledge of home inspectors about construction and building systems differs too.