Our company has been providing inspection services for South Florida since 2002. With over 3600 inspections performed, I though I would touch on how to prepare for an inspection.
Typically, I wouldn't write such a remedial article but over the last few months we've become a bit frustrated with some agents that just can't seem to get it together.
Inspection Ready 101
1. Scheduling - be flexible. The inspection takes the coordination of many people, so if the seller has a restricted schedule, it will be very difficult to execute the inspection. Contracts stipulate an inspection period and the home needs to be available the entire time. If the seller wants to be present, they need to modify their own schedule. Inspectors schedule multiple inspections daily, so trying to accomodate the seller, the buyer, the selling agent and the buyer agent can become quite tasking.
2. Utilities - If the property is bank owned or vacant, make sure all of the utilities are on. We were forced to re-schedule 22 inspections last month due to no utilities. Make sure that you physically verify that these are turned ON!
3. Gated Community - guess what, if the property is vacant or the owners aren't home, the guard gate can't call the house. Can they! Have the homeowner call in advance and put the inspector, agent and buyer on the Visitor's List.
4. Disclosure - Mandatory in some states and highly recommended by others. Have a copy of it with you. One of the first things an inspector will ask for is a copy of the disclosure. It provides a brief history to the property. Possible subsequent damage or improper installation, etc. In addition, it could send up a red flag to the buyer if defects are found that should have been listed.
5. Is the home ready? - The inspection will come along much easier and faster if everything is accessible. Is there a 8x8x8 stack of packed boxes or a car without keys under the garage attic access? I don't move boxes or push a cars, do you want to? The inspector needs to have access to everything, HVAC, water heater, walls, switches, outlets, closets, etc. The longer it takes to reach these items, the longer the inspection is going to take. If the homeowners are packing, stack everything in the middle of the rooms allowing access to the walls, closets, windows, etc.
6. Tax roll - Certain property information is needed for the inspection. Year built, sqare footage, etc. Have your FILE WITH YOU. And while you're at it, put a few business cards in your wallet.
7. Payment - Make sure your client discusses payment options. If at the last minute the client can't be present, make sure you have payment for the inspection. Most inspectors will not forward the report without full payment.
8. SUPRA - DID YOU UPDATE IT ?!? COMBO - DO YOU HAVE IT ?!?
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