Preparing For Your Home Inspection

Real Estate Home Inspection
  • Be sure all utilities are turned on, including the gas. The pilot lights need to be lit on gas appliances.
  • Be sure the inspector can access all areas of the home including the basement, water heaters, electrical panel and all equipment.
  • Be sure pets are secured and/or removed from the premises. The inspector will likely be in their space and this could be upsetting to them.
  • Be sure to provide a clear access to the attic and crawlspace. If they are located in the back of closets, clean out the closet (including the floor) and make access easy! Also, please checked at the light is working!
  • Be sure to provide access to all appliances. Remember they will be tested, do not leave laundry in your washer or dryer. You might also consider cleaning out the oven, so that the smoke alarm does not go off when your inspector turns it on to test it.
  • Be sure all faucets, sinks, tubs and showers are accessible and able to be inspected. Including the area under the sink in order to check for leaks.
  • If you have a septic in you yard, mark the location or leave a sketch of the location on the kitchen counter for your inspector.
  • Now, go ahead and leave the house, allow the inspector the space to get his job done in a timely manner.

FAQs About Home Inspections

What should I know about inspections?

It is recommended that buyer have a home inspection done at their expense during the option period. We require our buyer to indicate that they choose not to get the inspection done on the Buyers Final Walk Through Acceptance Form, if they do not have one done.

What does a home inspection cover?

  • Foundations
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Doors
  • Frame
  • Ceiling, walls and floors
  • Roof
  • Any hazardous materials
  • Heating and HVAC
  • Insulation
  • Ventilation
  • Get your house ready for inspection.

Do I need a septic report?

If you have a septic system you will need to fill out a on site sewer form you will also need to provide documentation of service if you have an aerobic system.

Do I need a termite inspection report?

Some loan types require a WDI report typically the buyer will purchase a WDI inspection at the time they purchase a home inspection. Some loan types prohibit the buyer from paying for a WDI report, this will be reflected as a seller charge on the closing statement issued by the title company.

What is the home warranty?

A home warranty is a service contract that covers the repair or replacement of important home system components and appliances that break down over time due to normal wear and tear. The home warranty covers things that a typical home insurance policy will not.

What repairs do I need to pay for vs what repairs are required?

Some loan programs have a minimum condition standard for homes they will lend money on.

If you are going to be selling to buyers using those loan programs then your home will at least need to meet the minimum standards. The majority of homes meet these standards.

Should I do my own home inspection before I list my house for sale?

A pre listing home inspection can show you what problems there currently are with your home so you are not hit with surprises after you have negotiated a sales price and the buyer comes back with their inspection wanting items repaired. It is not necessary but it can be helpful.

We always recommend our buyers get a home inspection. In fact, we require our buyers to sign a buyers home inspection form if they do not choose to get a home inspection done. They will also need to sign a Buyers Final Walk Through Form before closing that also indicated they chose not to get the home inspection done.