How to Prepare Your Property for Inspection
After accepting an offer, the countdown to closing begins. However, the processes that follow - such as inspections, surveys, appraisals, remedies, and more - can pose potential roadblocks to reaching the finish line. We have provided the following tips to help you achieve a seamless inspection process
The inspection is a limited visual examination of the major systems and components of the property, focusing only on visible and readily accessible areas. Please note that it is not a technically exhaustive inspection, nor an opinion on whether or not to purchase the property.
To avoid any potential risks, please make sure that all systems and appliances are plugged in and in operational condition. The inspector cannot determine why a component has been turned off and will not attempt to activate any system or appliance that is unplugged or turned off, due to the possibility of it malfunctioning.
The inspector will not perform any procedure that could potentially cause harm to the property or result in personal injury. Such procedures include activating pilot lights, turning on gas or water valves, or resetting electrical breakers.
Ensure that the inspector has access to all areas by making attics, garages, basements, crawl spaces, electrical panels, and plumbing accesses fully accessible. Provide keys for doors, garages, and sheds. If the attic is sealed, please ensure it is opened before the inspection appointment. The inspectors are considerate of your property and belongings, and typically will not move your items to access these areas.
If the property is vacant, ensure that all utilities are turned on, including water, gas (pilot lights), and electricity. Failure to do so may result in an incomplete inspection or significant limitations, which can cause closing delays.
Remove or kennel pets. Pets do not know the inspectors and may become anxious, territorial, or aggressive. There will be a lot of traffic in and out of the house. It is not always possible to catch the family’s pet before it gets out.
It is recommended that a copy of the property disclosure be left for the inspector as buyers may have inquiries regarding items noted in the disclosure. Additionally, it is advisable to include any recent maintenance, repair, and upgrade receipts along with the disclosure.