What To Expect, When You Are Expecting…The Home Inspector

You have decided to get a home inspection. Well done! Now let’s make sure you get the most out of it you can. By that, I mean be prepared. Ask for a sample inspection report so you have an idea of all the areas and systems that will be inspected. Have all electrical outlets and light switches accessible. Many times, these are covered by large furniture pieces. Make sure all your lighting fixtures have working bulbs in them. It is a good idea for you or your real estate agent (your agent should always be present) to be resent for the inspection in case there are any questions. This will help avoid any delays in preparing the report.  

One of the best things you can do is make it as easy as possible the inspector to do his/her job. Make sure the inspector has easy clear access to all the areas that need to be inspected. Unlock all the doors in and outside of your home, including the garage entry door, shed door and pool pump door, if any. The inspector will be very thorough. Not only will he inspect the main systems (roof, electrical, plumbing, heating/cooling) of the home but many other items in and around the home. Here is a partial list of other items they will inspect. 

·         Interior and exterior structure
·         Foundation
·         Garage door opener
·         Appliances – Refrigerator, range, dishwasher, built-in microwave, washer, dryer,  freezer, water heater
·         Fireplace and chimney
·         Toilets, tubs and showers
·         Doors, interior and exterior
·         Fixtures, lighting and faucets
·         Attic insulation 
·         Locks on doors
·         Soffit and trim
·         Flooring

It can take up to a week to get your report back but typically you will get it in 24-48 hours. A home inspection report can be 30-40 pages or more. First, go over the summary page to see if there are any big issues that need attention. Then go to the page of any of those issues to look at the details and findings. Some reports are color coded to help signify serious issues. 

Having yours or your future home inspected is a sound decision and should not be stressful for you. Whatever the findings are good or bad, it gives you a chance to make it right or just have peace of mind knowing everything is in good condition.