As we have highlighted many times in our articles, home inspections are a crucial step in the home-buying process. To ensure a smooth and successful home inspection, though, it's essential to be well-prepared. So, let’s look at a few ways you can prepare your home to ensure you get a thorough inspection.
One of the first steps in preparing for a home inspection is to make sure you hire a qualified home inspector. Once you have done this you will want to schedule the inspection at a convenient time for all involved. It always helps to be present during the inspection to ask questions and get a firsthand look at any issues the inspector may find.
Ensure that the inspector has access to all areas of the property, including the attic, basement, and crawl spaces. Clear away any clutter or obstacles that may hinder the inspection process. This will help the inspector do a thorough job.
Something else that can hinder a home inspector is household pets, so you may want to take them somewhere else on the day of inspection or keep them in a secure area. You may feel they are harmless, but it’s amazing how protective they can be when a stranger starts going around the property.
Take the time to document any existing issues or areas of concern before the inspection. This will help you compare the inspector's findings with your initial observations. It's also a good practice to take photographs for reference.
Lastly, approach the inspection with an open mind. The inspector's role is to provide an objective assessment, so be prepared to receive both positive and negative feedback.
Mike McFadden, Certified Master Home Inspector in Orlando, FL