Inspectors typically arrive about 30 minutes earlier than the scheduled time—so you might see them in your yard or outside your complex earlier than expected.
Clear all furniture, boxes, clothes, and other personal items that may block access to the furnace, water heater, electrical panels, attic access, crawlspaces, etc. Inspectors are unable to enter inaccessible areas.
Ensure that filters are clear in furnaces, air conditioners, vents, drains, etc., and clear out areas under sinks to be inspected.
If possible, avoid using your shower stalls on the day of inspection.
Have the house cleaned & presentable. In most cases, the prospective buyer will be attending the inspection and will feel better having another great impression of the property.
The fewer problems an inspector finds with the property, the better the property's overall image to the prospective buyer.
Inspectors require access to areas outside the home as well as the interior. Clear a path around the home, paying attention to branches and brush, moving trash cans & other blockages, especially in the winter. The inspector will want to see the foundation and things like outside electrical outlets & faucets. These extra efforts contribute in the overall appearance of your house, as well.
If there are pets in the home, please take them with you or have them secured away to avoid disruptions.
Inspections typically last about 3 - 4 hours and are primarily VISUAL. Inspectors will look at the roof, attic, & crawl space areas, plus they will remove the cover from the electrical panel.
It is best that you are absent during this process, as you would be for a showing. Typically, one of our team is in attendance, whenever possible.