Preparing for the Inspection (Seller)
Ron Tipton, ACI (President - Comfort Home Inspection Services, Inc.)
Prior to the home inspection, you can do a number of things to help the Inspector. The buyer depends on the Home Inspector to provide a fair assessment of the condition of the property. Please read “Preparing to List Your Home” for other ways to reduce concerns for the buyer. The Inspector should follow a Standards of Practice in doing their inspection. Some things are required to be accessed and inspected. You can see the ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) Standards of Practice at http://www.homeinspector.org/Standards-of-Practice. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 303-697-1616.
- Ensure there is easy access to all electrical “breaker” panels. Remove any locks. If you have breaker panels on the inside and they are covered with art or a photo, please make them easy to find.
- Ensure there is easy access to all crawlspaces including the attic. For subfloor crawlspaces, make sure all stored items are moved away from the access. For attic accesses in closets, make sure all stored items and clothing are moved out of the way.
- Make sure all gas appliances are lit and functional including all gas fireplaces.
- If you have had your roof or furnace inspected, please leave receipts. The more you can provide the buyer and Inspector about things you have done to maintain the property, the less concerns will be raised.
- If there are moisture stains anywhere, please leave a note as to the cause and repair.
- Provide easy access to the sump pit, if present.
- Many buyers will have a Radon test performed. These tests require the home be in “closed house conditions” for a minimum of 48 hours. Your home should have all windows and doors closed (except for normal entry and exit) for at least 12 hours prior to the inspection or prior to the radon device drop off when done before the inspection.
- Lastly, try not to “hide” things. When defects are found that appear hidden, it makes both the inspector and buyer suspicious of everything else. Every home inspection is going to find defects or concerns. The more you can be pro-active in alleviating problems prior to the inspection, the better the buyer will feel about purchasing your home.
Comfort Home Inspection Services, Inc.