a Guide to the home inspection
Your Inspector Should:
- Enter all accessible attics and crawl spaces
- Operate appliances, furnaces, air conditioners, and water heaters
- Open windows and doors
- Run all plumbing
- Inspect all interior spaces
- Remove electrical panel cover and check lights and receptacles
- Inspect the roof and foundation, where practical
Buyers are encouraged to attend the inspection and agents are welcome as well. Please, ask as many questions as you would like. You should generally get a report sent to you and your agent either the same day or next day in digital form, complete with pictures of issues you might not have been able to see or require a photo to explain fully.
It is generally not a good idea to attend as a seller (outside of a pre-listing inspection). There are a few reasons for this:
- If you give input as a seller at the inspection, it might be seen as a disclosure and create potential legal issues later on.
- It is easy to take comments about the condition of your home personally and inject emotion into the process.
- It is a courtesy to the buyer to give them this time and the less interference there is in the inspection, the faster the process will go.