Thank you for choosing me as your Certified & Experienced Home Inspector for you upcoming Home Inspection. My goal is to help new home buyers, families and investors make informed housing decisions by providing a detailed, thorough and unbiased home inspection service. Please use the information below to make sure that your new home is prepared so that you can get as much benefit from your home inspection as possible.
To start remember that home inspections are non-invasive, visual only inspections of a structure. Basically, that means that I am only able to inspect what I can see. As such, it’s critical to make sure that important components in a home are accessible on the day of the inspection. Please share this information with your Real Estate Professional and the Home Sellers days before the inspection in order to make the home inspection process go as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
If the home is occupied, please ask the owner to make sure that personal belongings are not blocking major components that should be inspected. This includes anything that might be blocking access to the attic entrance, crawlspace, basement, electrical panels, furnace openings, water heater, etc. As a Home inspector I am not allowed to move personal belongings, so keeping these areas free from obstructions will allow me to fully inspect the home without the added expense, time and hassle of a re-inspection. It’s best if each area has a 4-foot clearance of stored items for my safety.
All Utilities – On Please..
Because of the potential for undisclosed hazards, I as a home inspector am not allowed to turn on natural gas supply lines, circuit breakers, or water supply lines etc. Please ask the seller to have all of the utilities turned on and functioning prior to the home inspection. This includes making sure that all pilot lights are lit and operational at the time of the inspection. Having all of the utilities on and functioning is a critical component to ensure that the devices can be properly tested and evaluated during the home inspection.
Please remove exterior clutter and stored items and vegetation that may obscure building and siding components and the foundation areas. Clean gutters and trim branches near the home or roofline. Turn on interior shut-offs’ for hose bibs if it is warm out to allow them to be tested.
Pet’s & Critters and more …
Make sure every animal inside the home and yard is secure. It’s always best to take animals off-premises or secure them in a crate safely in a quiet out of the way room. Remember that some potential buyers are not pet friendly, but rest assured know that I myself have enjoyed the company of dogs… even horses for a better part of my life.
If you have already been to the home maybe more than once even and have specific concerns you would like addressed, please let me know as soon as possible. I’ll make sure to spend additional time making sure all of your questions and concerns about your new home are addressed. Please feel free to email or call me directly in advance.
If by chance you can’t be at the home on the day of the inspection. Making a list of concerns you would like addressed is a great way to help put your mind at ease a bit more and to help you make better-informed decisions in your Real Estate transaction.
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