Whatever the reason is for having a home inspection, you want to get what you pay for. But did you know that very often lack of preparation can prevent the home inspector from doing a thorough job? In this article, we’ll guide you through the essential steps to ensure you’re ready for a comprehensive home inspection.
Ahead of the inspection, try to finish any home repairs or maintenance on your property – this way, you will minimize the number of items listed as faulty on the inspection report.
Before the inspector arrives, make sure the property is accessible. It’s important to clear any clutter, move furniture away from walls, and ensure that all utilities (water, gas, electricity) are turned on. Access to the attic, basement, and crawl spaces should also be provided. Remember that the inspector will need to access many areas of the property that are not generally occupied if they are to do a thorough job.
While it’s not mandatory, attending the inspection is highly recommended. It allows you to ask questions, gain valuable insights into the property’s condition, and address concerns directly with the inspector. You may want to create a list of any known issues or concerns you have about the property so that the inspector can pay special attention to these areas.
Finally, one thing that can really hinder and endanger a home inspector is the household’s beloved pets. Even if they are not generally aggressive, they can become very territorial when a stranger is going through the home. It is best to keep them in a secure area on inspection day, or better still, take them away from the property altogether.