In my years of real estate... I have learned that sellers do NOT always know how to prepare for, or what to expect during a home inspection. Realtors and Inspectors deal w/ home inspections every day, and we FORGET that the general public does not know what we take for granted as a given.
I have had sellers turn off utilities PRIOR to an inspection. I have encountered mean dogs during an inspection. I even once had a seller who stored bottles of red wine in her OVEN... which we did not discover until the inspector turned the oven ON and we had rather warm wine spewing all over this lady's oven. BIG FUN!
So, I have prepared the following tips to advise sellers as to how to prepare their home for inspection.
Home Inspections - Seller Preparation
A professional home inspection protects both you and the buyer. It allows both you and the buyer the opportunity to learn about the property's defects. It is a buyer's right to hire inspectors and to choose the inspectors.
A home inspection usually covers the following:
*Plumbing conditions - if there is leakage or clogging
*Roofing conditions - the extent of deterioration, if there is leakage
*Electrical conditions - if there are inadequate circuits or potential fire hazards
*Structural problems - if there are problems with the underlying foundation of your home
As a seller, the home inspection reports protect you because it establishes the actual condition of the property at the time of sale.
PREPARING FOR YOUR HOME INSPECTION:
1. Leave the house clean and tidy... this makes the inspector's job less complicated.
2. Make sure all utilities are connected and on.
3. Provide access and workspace around HVAC units and water heaters. Make sure pilot lights are lit. Leave instructions if you have hi-tech programmable thermostats that are extensive or difficult to operate.
5. Empty the dishwasher and make sure you have nothing on the stove or in the oven/microwave, as the inspector will be turning these items on and off.
6. Provide access to attic and garage.
7. Leave keys for outbuildings and electrical boxes.
8. Clear brush and shrubbery away from any exterior inspection points.
9. Provide copies of any recent repair documents.
10. Confine pets or take them away from the home during the inspection. For 1, it is not the inspectors job to tend to them, and 2, the pet will be safer. Children should not be present at an inspection either.
**WATER WELL - if you have a water well, you may want to disinfect it prior to inspection
**SEPTIC SYSTEM - if you have a septic system, you may want to have the tanks pumped prior to inspection.