The INSPECTOR friendly home - "Tips for the Sellers" for / REO / Foreclosed and Vacant Properties"

Home Inspector with Castle Rock

1.  Have all utilities / electrical / gas / water / pilot lights of heating systems / water heater / gas stove - ranges turned on which will make the process go smoothly. ( Inspector does not turn on utilities and ignite pilot lights. )  

2.  Have all light fixtures operating with bulbs in them!

3.  All crawl and attic areas should be open and accessible with lights on. If an area is not accessible, please advise the Inspector at the beginning of the inspection!

4.  Have HVAC systems cleaned and serviced prior to inspection. Install new filters or clean the washable types.

5.  Have full access to HVAC sytems in garage or attic and access to water heaters.(Inspector does not move personal property) 

6.  Any slow drainage in plumbing fixtures should be cleaned or corrected prior to inspection!  (In most cases drain cleaner will resolve the problem.)

7.  All systems and appliances should be operable by using designated controls. All utilities like water, pilot lights of gas stoves and water heaters should be operational. "GFCI Outlets", etc... should be corrected prior to inspection.

8.  Unlock all doorways and have garage door operator available. Remember security systems ARE NOT part of the inspection and should be deactivated during the inspection.

9.  Have any obvious things like, "the gutters filled with leaves" cleaned prior to the inspection.

10.  All pets, etc., should be restrained so the Inspector can freely move around the house.

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Comments (2)

Barbara Bross
The Riverside Realty Group - Westport, CT

Great post!


Feb 11, 2008 07:58 AM
David Glick
The Home Inspector Inc. - Lebanon, PA

Hi Tirso,

I agree with all of the points whole heartedly except #1. A home inspection is a very stressful time for a seller. I feel it is best for them not to be there for the inspection. In my market, I always recommend that the buyer attend the home inspection and 98% of the time they do. The inspection is the time for the buyer to feel comfortable and to be able to candidly ask questions about the home. Any time I've done inspections with the seller present they are always lurking around, trying to hear what the inspector is saying, and if they do overhear, they feel they need to comment.

I would walk away from an inspection rather than have a seller tag along with the buyer as I do the inspection. So far I've not had to do that after tactfully explaining the reasons to the seller.

Having all of the other items on your list completed would sure make our job easier wouldn't it?


Feb 11, 2008 08:17 AM