Speeding Up a Home Inspection - 10 Tips for Sellers

Home Inspector with Altamont Inspections, LLC

You have an offer on your home... congratulations!  Now, the buyer's agent says the home inspector is on his way.  Don't stress.  There are a few things you can do to help speed up the process.  

1.  Be sure that water, electric and gas service are on.  Make sure all gas pilot lights burning.  Many inspectors have insurance policies, etc. that prohibit them from turning these on themselves.

2.  Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electric service panels, water heaters, attics and crawl spaces.

3.  Unlock areas the inspector must access - attic doors or hatches, electric service panels, closets, fence gates and crawl spaces.  Return trips caused by lack of access can be costly.

4.  Replace burned out bulbs to avoid an inspection report comment that may suggest an electrical problem.

5.  Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  Replace the batteries, if needed.

6.  Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters.  Be sure they fit securely.

7.  Remove stored items, debris and wood from foundation. These may be cited on a home inspection report as "conducive conditions" for termites.

8.  Trim tree limbs to 10' from the roof and shrubs from the house to allow access.

9.  Repair or replace broken or missing items like doorknobs, locks and latches; windowpanes, screens and locks; gutters, downspouts and chimney caps.

10.  If you have a pet, make sure it won't hinder the inspection.  Ideally, pets should be removed from the property or secured outside.  

Have questions about any of these tips?  Feel free to ask.  Send your emails to info@altamontinspections.com

Comments (5)

Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

Good post in reminding us to have our sellers in the proactive direction. It really does save grief in the long run. The less items on the report, the better.

Feb 28, 2008 07:36 AM
Darleen McCullen
Raleigh, NC
Broker - Raleigh, NC Real Estate
These are great suggestions. I can't tell you how many times #4 comes up on an inspection report.
Feb 28, 2008 07:55 AM
Edgar Roberts, Jr.
Altamont Inspections, LLC - Asheville, NC
Licensed Home Inspector - NC
As for #10, I've got a secret stash of doggie treats in my inspection vehicle... just in case Fido isn't so friendly.  LOL!
Feb 28, 2008 08:33 AM
Jodi Neal
Keller Williams Mtn Partners - Lake Lure, NC

Hi, Great post! I hope you don't mind but I printed out your suggestions. This may be one of the info sheets I give to the seller to help the process. I have a post going on about "Tips for Selling Your Home. I'm an agent with Keller Williams in Hendersonville. I live in Lake Lure and that's my area of focus. I'll keep your information handy the next time I have an inspection.

Jodi Neal - Keller Williams Mtn Partners - Lake Lure, Hendersonville, and Rutherford County, NC

Feb 28, 2008 12:02 PM
Edgar Roberts, Jr.
Altamont Inspections, LLC - Asheville, NC
Licensed Home Inspector - NC

Hi, Jodi!  It's wonderful to hear from you.  I'm so glad you (and others who have replied) find the tips helpful.  We had the tips printed on the back of our new brochures and would love to give you a supply to share with your clients (so you won't have to use your ink to print numerous copies).  My husband (Edgar, but please call him Eddie) has inspected numerous homes in Lake Lure, Henderson and Rutherford counties.  Aren't we so blessed to be able to live in this gorgeous region?!  Eddie will be marketing in Lake Lure next week and I'm sure he'd love to meet you.  Let us know if that's something you'd like to do.  You can email me at angela@altamontinspections.com.

Angela Roberts, Altamont Inspections, LLC - Inspecting Your Investment    

Feb 29, 2008 02:02 AM