How to Prepare for an Inspection

How to Prepare for an Inspection – Part II

No home is perfect. Anything from minor maintenance issues to major damage are often found. Even new homes are not immune – they could have problems with the plumbing, electrical system, heating and cooling system, or the roofing system just to name a few.

For homeowners, it’s important to be aware of any issues your home may have prior to putting it on the market. Getting a pre-listing home inspection will ensure that you’re aware of any problems and can take care of them on your terms – or present them as-is and adjust your selling price proportionally.  The alternative leaves you open to costly surprises and delays, and even potential deal-breakers once you’ve entered negotiations with the buyer.

rightBefore the inspector arrives, there are a few things you should know. There are no federal regulations governing inspectors.  Florida has NO regulations for Home Inspectors!  This means anyone can hang their sign out and say they are a home inspector. Once your inspector has arrived, it is recommended that you accompany him or her on the inspection of the property.  This is so you can become familiar with the home and its systems as well as exactly what repairs the inspector recommends and why.  You might also want to prepare a list of items that you’ve seen in the home that you feel are cause for concern as well as any questions you may have.  The inspection is a great time to find out where the home’s water and gas shutoffs are and where the fuse box is.

Here are some other suggestions for homeowners:

  • LOOK UP!  When walking at the interior of the residence (look up), this is an area where roof leaks can be seen.
  • Make sure the AC air filters are clean and that the AC is providing cold air to the interior of the residence.  A quick and informal check is to turn the AC down and see how long it takes to lower the residence a couple of degrees.  It should not take 45 minutes to an hour.  But this is just informal.  If you want to alleviate this situation, get the AC serviced.
  • Make sure all appliances operate as intended.  Whether you use them of not.
  • USE THE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT!  If there is/was a problem, mark it on the disclosure statement.  Here is an example – You do not disclose an old roof leak…I do the inspection see that the attic has some staining at that the ceiling in a bedroom is also stained and it is December.  The buyer and myself will assume its active. If this was mentioned then it would not be in question.  USE THE DISCLOSURE statement.
  • If you are present at the inspection, do not argue with the inspector.  Let him/her write their report and then let the Realtor do their job.  Tell your Realtor the concern and then let the Real Estate Professionals do the job you are paying them to do.  Once again, arguing with the Home Inspector does not do any good.
  • DON’T try to hide defects…REPAIR them properly and save any and all receipts.  Once I find a hidden defect (someone who paints over wood rot, etc…), it makes me look that much harder.  Bring them to the inspection and let the buyer see them.  Many items will still have a warranty.
  • There are some items like the electrical panels, AC temperature drop, pool operations etc… that they layman cannot inspect.  If the other items are repaired then all goes much smoother.

Comprehensive Building Consultants Phone: 239-481-3977 E-mail: russell@bestinspector.com

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Posted on November 12, 2013, in Inspections and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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