Preparing for the Inspection
Buyers- We have some information that may be able to help assist you in your home inspection process! First, we strongly encourage our customers to be present at the time of inspection. We really enjoy the opportunity to meet each and every one of you and having you leave the inspection feeling confident with us is very important. It also allows us to answer any questions you may have regarding the inspection.
Confirm with your agent that you are ready for the home inspection. Once this happens, you will contact us to set up an appointment at the home. From this point, we will have to make a few phone calls verifying the time and date with your agent, the listing agent, and the current home owner if needed. If you are planning on using our ancillary services (i.e. water testing, radon, or septic) now would be a great time to set that up as well.
In addition, please keep in mind for any foreclosed homes, homes that have the utilities shut off or those that have been winterized, we will NOT attempt to turn these back on and it will limit the amount of inspection we can do. We recommend contacting the respective companies responsible for these utilities.
Sellers/Pre-Sale Inspections- We have some helpful information for you and it primarily applies to both. For us to complete a home inspection to our fullest extent we ask that you keep a few things in mind. We will not attempt to lift, move, or slide any objects in your home as it may put our inspector or your belongings at risk. With that being said, we ask you to move any items that may limit observation. Key areas may include - crawl space access, attic access and sump pump access. When observing foundations, we like to inspect the corners, so please make sure these are available for inspection. We do test GFCI outlets and other electrical areas of the home, so please understand that anything plugged into these areas may reset or be turned off. We generally try and remove the electrical panel cover for a full observation inside of the panel. With that being said, please ensure any electrical components needing to be surge protected are properly protected or unplugged in the event a breaker is flipped off during removal or re-installation of the cover.
Real Estate Agents- You have gotten us all to this point in the sale and we truly appreciate your efforts! Heritage Home Inspection asks that you assist us by informing your clients of the respective information above. If any of the appliances or utilities are non-functional, we recommend that your clients know this before hand so that no hidden issues arise at the time of inspection. By us having the majority to full access of all components in the home it will ensure a complete home inspection report on our behalf.