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
- Crawl Space
- Fence Gates