long will the inspection take?
inspection time will vary based on the age, size, and condition of the
property. A typical four bedroom, two and one half bathroom colonial style
home will take approximately two and one half to three hours to inspect.
I need to be at the inspection?
if you are represented by a realtor, they will typically arrange access
to your home. If you need to be at home to provide access to the house,
we recommend that you try to keep a distance from the inspection process.
When the homeowner needs to be at home, it seems to work best when the
homeowner occupies their time with at small project or correspondence
in a den or home office or weather permitting some gardening outside.
Home buyers will typically feel more comfortable if the homeowner is not
present which usually equates to a smoother inspection and less stressful
real estate transaction.
should I expect to happen during the inspection?
home inspection is primarily a visual inspection of the property. The
inspector will also operate any mechanical systems included with the house.
The inspector will use normal operating controls, such as, the thermostat
to turn on the furnace or the start button to turn on the
dishwasher. The inspector will also need to enter any attic spaces or
crawlspaces below the house.
can I help insure a smooth inspection?
homeowner can assist in the inspection process in three ways. First, a
homeowner questionnaire will be mailed to you prior to the inspection.
Completing the form and leaving it on the kitchen counter prior to the
inspection will assist the inspector and help insure a more accurate report
on the condition of the property. Second, prior to the start of the inspection,
you should notify the inspector of any appliances that are not operational
or should not be operated. Finally, insure that the inspector has access
to all areas of the house. Even if you have never been in the attic or
crawlspace, it is important for the inspector to enter and inspect these
areas. Storage in closets and blocked or bolted access panels will impede
the inspection and may result in additional visits to you home and unwelcome
delays in the closing process. Also, the inspector will need access to
the water meter, gas meter, and any electrical panels (i.e. fuse or breaker
panels). The inspector will need to remove the front cover from the electrical
panel, not just open the cover door. So if the panel cover is blocked,
removing any obstruction prior to the inspection is important. When preparing
to sell your home, it is common to move personal items and collectibles
into the basement or garage. Unfortunately, this storage typically blocks
access to areas or components of the house that must be inspected. Be
sure to leave two to three feet of access around the perimeter of the
room or any equipment to allow the inspection to be completed.