How Buyers and Sellers should Prepare for a Home Inspection

The process of buying or selling a home should usually include a home inspection. A home inspection is a visual examination of the condition and structure of a home. There may be common nerves, emotions, and excitement that occurs during a home inspection. Fortunately, there are multiple ways to help you to prepare for an inspection.

Home Inspection Tips for Buyer:

  • Have a preferred date and time for booking your home inspection: plan for 2-3 hours when you and your real estate agent are available
  • Expect the following questions from your home inspector regarding basic property details:
    • Property address
    • Approximate size and age
    • Concerns you have already
    • Is there a wood-burning appliance, septic, well, or pool?
  • Items to confirm
    • Are the utilities on (gas and electricity)?
    • Are there pets on the property?
    • Will the seller (or tenant) be home?

Home Inspection Tips for Seller:

  • Plan to be out of the house for 2-3 hours 
  • Tell the kids 
  • Take your pet with you or have them secured outside. Tell your agent about any pets in the home. 
  • Confirm all utilities are on (water, electrical, gas, the pilot light on at the gas fireplace)
  • Unlock and clear key inspection areas including:
    • Attic access
    • Electrical Panel 
    • Main water shut off valve 
    • Sump Pump 
    • Closets
    • Furnace 
    • Crawl Space
    • Fence Gates