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How To Prepare For a Home Inspection

March 17th, 2009

When you are in the inspection process of your home buying transaction, there are several items that need to be done before the inspection.  In this article I am going to list and explain these items for a seller, buyer, and real estate agent.  With this information you will be more prepared for your home inspection, thereby helping the inspector perform a more thorough and complete home inspection.

Home Sellers

Let's start off with the sellers' inspection.  Many homeowners today are having their homes inspected before they are put on the market.  This is a very savvy marketing tool to help your home sell quicker and more profitably.  For your home inspector to do the best job possible, he or she will need several things to be done before they arrive to check the house over.

  • If it happens to be winter, please make sure the driveway is clear of ice and snow.  An inspector cannot see through this stuff, thereby limiting the inspection.
  • Please make sure that all utilities to the home are in operation mode.  Inspectors do not light pilot lights, turn on water mains, or main panel breakers. If these are not in regular operating mode, the inspection will be limited and less beneficial to you.
  • Make sure attic access is not obstructed in any way.  You inspector will need to get in here to check insulation, roof sheathing, trusses, etc.
  • I realize that if you are selling, you will be packing.  However, please do not have every packed box crammed into a corner in the basement, or else your inspector will not be able to see the walls and foundation.
  • If permits are needed in your area for remodeling have copies of these ready.  In some areas an inspector will need these.

Home Buyers

Now, if you are a buyer, your list will be a little shorter.  But, it is still just as important to do your homework.  You are paying for the inspection, so stay on top of everything.

  • Once you call the inspector and set a date and time, call your real estate agent and verify this time. Some inspectors do this for you and some don't (I call the agent myself, and they relay to the seller when we will be there).
  • If this is a vacant foreclosure or bank owned property, find out who you need to contact in order to get ALL utilities turned on and into normal operation mode.  Again, inspectors will not turn these items on for you at the time of the inspection.  If they are not on, they will be disclaimed as not inspected.
  • If you are having any specialty testing like lead, mold, water, septic done, try to do these on the same day if the house is occupied.  Sellers will thank you for not making too many trips and inconveniencing them.

Real Estate Agents

Now let's focus on what the real estate agent needs to do before each home inspection.  Some buyers may not realize what these people do for you.

  • If the inspector has not verified the appointment before 3:00 the day before the inspection, call to verify.
  • Help the buyer with getting utilities and the like into normal operating mode.  This will allow a more thorough inspection and speed up the sale.  It will work out better for you.
  • If you will not be attending the inspection, please let the inspector know how to gain access.
  • If there are going to be items not operating please call the client and explain this to them, so they may decide whether or not to reschedule the inspection.  Most inspectors do not come back a second time for zero fee.  Your buyer will be liable for this return fee, and probably upset about it.

I hope everyone can take something from this list and use it.  I really do feel bad sometimes when the inspection is limited due to a lack of communication between all parties involved.  If any of you have items that you feel should be on this list, please feel free to let me know.  I am always willing to listen and learn how others operate.

Ian A Niquette

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Does the InterNACHI membership agree with its own general counsel, Joseph Ferry, who said this in response to a discussion on LinkedIn's Notre Dame group relating to an anti-gay cartoon published in the Notre Dame newspaper this past week:

 

"Okay, everyone, take a deep cleansing breath and get a grip. It's not like they insulted the Prophet Mohammed, who would be totally down with the sentiment expressed in the cartoon, by the way. 

And gays are not the only population that should take offense at the cartoon. Anyone who has been in a nursing home knows that being in a vegetative state is nothing to be lampooned. 

The suggested "discipline" strikes me as over the top. This is really a very bad joke - and not exactly side-busting, at that - that some post-teen, bereft of the wisdom that age imparts [sometimes] and blissfully unaware of its wider implications passed on for reasons that would elude pretty much the entire constituency that reads these threads. 

Still the offense does call for exemplary consequences. May I suggest removal from the staff of the Observer and a month of dinners in the South Dining Hall?"

 

Ah yes, those gay bashers at Notre Dame - ranked first in The Princeton Review's list of the most unwelcoming campuses for gay and lesbian students - make them eat dining hall food as punishment, apparently not because they got caught publishing gay bashing cartoons, but because they weren't "exactly side-busting", though maybe the key insight here is that apparently he believes it would have been okay from a Moslem point of view as well and between the Christians and the Moslems he feels good that he's got a pretty strong caucus of multiple religions behind it, so I guess in that light it must not be that bad then in his eyes.

He posted this specifically identifying himself as the General Counsel of InterNACHI, so apparently in his capacity as such this is his public platform.  

I certainly don't think I plan on ever using an InterNACHI inspector as long as bigotry is okay as a matter of public statements of its own head legal counsel.  I suggest anyone that doesn't support gay bashing and other bigotry should seriously rethink who they work with for home inspections, especially for any LGBT clientelle, who I am quite certain would not appreciate paying someone that pays dues to support this guy's salary.  If InterNACHI members don't agree with this I suggest a rather rapid response to the InterNACHI board expressing that perhaps this isn't a broadly supported position by its membership.

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Howdy there and evening to you Billy
Billy, I'm sure hopping everything is going well for you and your family!

Aug 31, 2011 02:46 PM #2
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Howdy there and evening to you Billy
Billy, I'm sure hopping everything is going well for you and your family!

Aug 31, 2011 02:48 PM #3
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Howdy there and evening to you Billy
Billy, I'm sure hopping everything is going well for you and your family!

Aug 31, 2011 02:50 PM #4
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Howdy there and evening to you Billy
Billy, I'm sure hopping everything is going well for you and your family!

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Billy, I stop by in-order to check to see if you had started being active on your blog here agin or not.

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