Often information about the home inspection process is directed more for what buyers can expect. What about if you’re selling your home? Perhaps you recently sold your home and your buyer has scheduled a home inspection for your property. Here’s what you can expect and also some tips to make the process as smooth as possible.
What a home inspection is and isn’t.
A home inspection is a visually based, non-invasive examination of a home’s readily accessible elements. Home inspectors will evaluate the major components and systems of a property including the exterior, roof, interior, bathrooms, kitchen, AC/Furnace, basement/structure, plumbing, and electrical systems. During the inspection, the state-certified inspector will evaluate and photograph finding that will be included in a written report that will be provided only to the buyer/their client.
Being that inspections are visually based, inspectors don’t move or touch personal items or property in the home. Touching/interacting with property is limited to only what is needed to test a component (ie turning on a range oven, opening an attic access panel, activating the furnace, flushing toilets, etc.).
Home inspections are not a pass/fail assessment but are meant to provide info and findings to the buyer to give them a snapshot of the condition of the home as it was presenting during the inspection time. A home inspector or inspection report will not give advice on repairs or provide estimates for repairs of any issues found. At most, the report will recommend a specific contractor to evaluate further if warranted.
How To Prepare Your Home
For the inspection to be as efficient as possible please clear items away from areas and components that need to be inspected. For example, if you have items in a basement stored against a foundation wall blocking access to a crawlspace, it’s best to pull those items back so that the inspector can access that area.
Also, leave behind instructions or notes regarding info that may be useful to the inspector. Let’s say you’re electric panel is located behind a painting in your basement, if you haven’t removed the painting already, leaving a posted note on the painting indicating that the panel is located there is very helpful to the inspector. Another example would be leaving instructions on how to activate specialized equipment such as a smart thermostat whose function may not be obvious. This will help speed up the process of the inspection.
Lastly, if your home is vacant, be sure to leave utilities on. Electric, water, and gas need to be on so that the inspector will be able to test functions that need activated utilities to work (ie a gas furnace, plumbing, etc.). Not having utilities on may result in the inspection not being complete, needing a second visit, and extending the length of the transaction process for all parties involved.
As a seller often the home inspection is that last hurdle between a pending deal and a finalized deal. Prepping your home for an inspection allows this process to be smooth and efficient for all parties involved. If you’re moving and have found your dream home in the Chicagoland area you can book an inspection online with us 24/7 at www.castleinspectors.com