Home Inspection- Useful Ideas for a Smooth Transaction!

> January 3, 2019

Happy New Year! Here's to hoping 2019 brings you all of the things you were hoping for! 
We have compiled a list below with the help of AtlanticCape Inspections, LLC to give you a few useful tips to get you through a smooth transaction after the Home Inspection Process.

If you are a Seller: For everyone involved, it is best to have the property ready for inspection before the property goes under contract. "This time of year, it is typical that sellers shut off outside valves to hose bibbs and showers which is fine, but they also may shut off service valves to indoor fixtures as well as the main water valve to the house." Inspectors are NOT required to turn on these valves, and most will NOT to avoid causing any sort of damage. In order to avoid a re-schedule if the home is a foreclosure, you will want to be sure the property has been de-winterized at least 5 days prior to the Inspection date.

If the property has any other utilities that will need to be inspected (Ex: Gas appliances) It is vital that these should be turned on as well, and the pilot lights must be lit. Again, Inspectors are not required to turn on any breakers, or gas valves. 

"Important items to inspect should be accessible to the inspector without having to move furniture or stored items, so for example indoor crawlspace or attic hatches and electrical panels should be able to be accessed freely." So it is important that you advise your homeowner to open any locks to doors, hatches, closets, etc. 

It is always important as the listing agent that you confirm with your seller that the home is fully ready and available for an inspection. 

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If you are a buyer: It is very beneficial to explain to them that the purpose of a Home Inspection is to be educated about the systems and components of their potential new home. It is also to the buyers advantage to not bring "Tag-alongs" with them, (Parents, friends, pets, etc) as it is best for the inspector to work without unnecessary distractions. If the buyers want to show the home to others, it is best to accompany them prior to the Inspection date for this "preview".

As with listing agents, a buyers agent should also confirm that all utilities are turned on and propane and oil tanks (if applicable) contain fuel, again at least 5 days prior to the home inspection. 

Note that Home Inspectors DO NOT perform a termite certification, that is a separate inspection that must be booked with a Termite Inspector.

"Also, repair estimates are not a part of a home inspection report.  Simply put, an accurate estimate cannot be given in most cases either because the nature of the defect is not known, hidden damage cannot be determined ahead of time, or because contractors have different ways to repair the same item." Should the buyer wish to determine the cost to repair or replace any defective components they should consult with a specialist. 

As always, We are here to help!

 Should you have any questions regarding the Home Inspection process, please feel free to give us a call at 609-225-4975!