Some home inspections push our buttons.
If you're a homeowner trying to sell your house or a Listing Agent giving your Seller advice on how to get ready for a home inspection, then here's a quick To-Do list for ya:
1. Put your dog in a kennel or have it stay at someone else's house during the inspection. We just "love" dogs that are constantly barking, getting under our feet, or better yet...actually bite us!
2. Pick up the dog mines in the back yard. You don't want us tracking the nice brown stuff into your house do you? ;-)
3. If your cat is supposed to stay inside, but loves to dart towards the door, don't expect us to care if it gets out. Lock it up in a kennel before we arrive.
4. We love having a house full of kids and family members in our way during our inspections! We may look like it doesn't bother us and may even claim its ok for you to stay, but we're just trying to be professional and polite. In reality, we want you to leave. We aren't trying to be rude. We do need to concentrate so we don't miss anything or worse yet, forget that the tub is filling up while you're talking to us.
5. Make sure we have easy access to the electric panel, attic hatch, furnace, etc...you know...the items we need to inspect.
6. If your garage fridge or freezer is plugged into a GFCI outlet (which is very foolish to do), then make sure you check it right after we leave to make sure it still has power. With the 1,000's of items/potential issues we are at your house to inspect, it's easy for us to forget or not realize that we tripped an outlet that was connected to your meat locker.
7. Don't expect us to remove our shoes inside your home. We wear boots outside and clean shoes inside. We even carry booties if we feel they are necessary. We are there to work for 3-4 hours running all over your house. We're not kicking back and hanging out on your couch.
8. Don't have your kids get off the bus and show up with no adult supervision during our inspection. It's not that we aren't nice people, but like anybody running a business, that puts us in an emergent vulnerable situation where there's a potential for the kiddo to accuse us of doing something inappropriate. We've had kids show up unnannounced and that resulted in us immediately leaving the house and calling the agent or homeowner to have the kids leave.
9. We love tons of air fresheners throughout a house. When we see this, it screams that the homeowner is trying to cover something up. I personally think they stink and do not freshen the air like the TV commercials make you believe. 1 or 2 are ok. 15 of them...not so much;-)
10. Be honest in disclosing the issues. We're going to find the problems anyway. There's nothing worse than finding a major issue that the Seller had to know about. I just had one with large hail damage on the roof and found out that the Seller pocketed the insurance money. Once a Buyer loses your trust, it's hard to earn it back.
Oh yeah, so where is that electric panel?
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