Before Your Home Inspection
For The Home Buyer
Utilities: Make sure the utilities are on and operational. Ask your agent, or the homeowner to check that utilities, Gas, Water and Electricity are on. Sometimes the utility being off is an indicator that there is a problem with that system.
Gas: Be sure that gas pilot lights are on and operational. I will not light pilot lights. If they are off, it could be an indicator of system problems or failure.
Water: Home water systems that have been winterized should also be on and operational. I can’t turn on water to the house, that is left up to the home owner and the city.
Electrical: Breakers should all be in the ‘ON’ position, if they are not, that could be an indicator that there is a problem with that breaker or system. I will not turn on electrical breakers.
Miscellaneous: Be sure that all doors are unlocked, or in the very least have keys to unlock them. I can’t inspect a room or crawlspace that is locked, with no way to enter. I will also be inspecting the attic and crawlspaces if applicable. Make sure they are unblocked and accessible.
For The Home Seller
Personal Items: Some suggestions for the homeowner include: moving objects away from walls, attic access points, crawlspace access points, and moving vehicles out of the garage. I will not move objects for inspection, especially heavy or expensive objects. If the attic access point is in a closet, suggest that the homeowner either cover their clothes or better yet, move them to another closet.
Electrical equipment: Suggest to the homeowner that they turn off all Computers, Televisions, Phone systems or anything else that may be switched off when testing a CGFI. Loss of data may occur.
Pets: I have many pets, dogs, cats, chickens and some other exotic pets. I love animals and am generally very secure with all types of animals, however, I don’t know the homeowners pets. Have to homeowner move the pets to another location where they will not be in the way, or otherwise cause them undue stress.
Homeowner Consultations: If you are a homeowner looking to sell your home, I can give you a personal consultation (for a small fee) as to ‘staging’ you home for an inspection and sale. See Before-Sale Inspection under Home Inspections