Matt Beickert with Amerispec Home Inspection Service spoke with us about common home inspection issues that may be overcome with a few easy steps prior to the home inspector showing up. He compared home inspectors role as that of Internists for doctors. For example, if an Internist finds a heart problem they will refer you to further testing at the Cardiologist. Likewise, if a home inspector finds an issue with the home that he feels like needs further review he will call in another specialty trade to investigate further.
Here are a seven easy things a homeowner can do in order to possibly prevent the home inspector from calling for further expensive inspections.
7 Things to do Before a Home Inspection
- Have all utilities turned on – Gas, Electrical, and plumbing all need to be turned on in order for the inspector to do his job thoroughly.
- Replace Light Bulbs – Inspectors can only tell if a light fixture is working if the bulb is working. If the bulb is blown the inspector will call for further exploration, sometimes this will trigger the buyer to ask for an electrician to inspect an easy fix.
- HVAC filter – Replace the filter inside the HVAC units with a new unit and spray down the condenser outside with the water hose. If an inspector sees a dirty filter or dirty fins he will automatically assume the unit hasn’t been maintained properly and call for a certified HVAC repair person to make sure the unit is in good working order.
- Allow access to all electrical – Make sure all outlets and breaker box can be accessed in order to be tested. Make sure all your files are backed up before you leave the house because if the breaker is tripped your computer may be cut off during the inspection.Start your gas fireplace- Although each fireplace has the same basic parts they often work very differently. Make sure the lines are bled if you haven’t used the gas line in a long while, leave instructions on how ignite the fire if it is tricky. Inspectors have very little time to spend deciding if the logs are working and often will call for a pricey fireplace expert to figure it out if they can not.
- Start your gas fireplace – Although each fireplace has the same basic parts they often work very differently. Make sure the lines are bled if you haven’t used the gas line in a long while, leave instructions on how ignite the fire if it is tricky. Inspectors have very little time to spend deciding if the logs are working and often will call for a pricey fireplace expert to figure it out if they can not.
- Inform – If you know of any quirks that may help inspect your house better please share with the inspector. It is hard for the inspector to look in the crawl space if he can’t find the access. If the GFCI reset button is in your closet behind 14 dresses please let him know so that he will be able to test.
- Pets – Secure your pets prior to home inspection. He told of one home inspection that was scheduled to last 2 hours that ended up being 4, 2 to inspect and 2 more to catch the dog that bolted when the inspector opened the door.
Doing these things should make your home inspection to go as smoothly as possible and cost you less money in the long run.