During the home inspection, the inspector will be operating and examining almost everything in the home, attached garage and attic.
By following the items in this checklist, you can help ensure a more complete home inspection.
Review your inspection service agreement, and make sure
- You have read and understood the Inspection Agreement
- You have read and understood the Terms and Conditions, the Code of Ethics and the Standards of Practice
- You have agreed to the Inspection Agreement, either via online signature or printed copy
If you are unsure about anything ask the inspector for answers to your questions before the inspection.
Verify the scheduling of the inspection through your Realtor.
This is to Ensure that the seller has adequate warning as to when the inspection will be and how long it may take.
Make sure that the home inspector knows where to find the house and how to access it (gate codes, alarm code, SUPRA lockbox, etc.).
Ask your Realtor to provide the listing agent with the “Pre-Home Inspection Checklist – For the Seller” and ask that it is forwarded to the seller.
If this is a vacant or bank-owned property, find out who needs to be contacted in order to get ALL utilities turned on and into normal operation mode.
- Inspectors will not turn these items on for you at the time of the inspection.
- If they are not on, they will be disclaimed as not inspected.
Make sure that any speciality/ancillary inspections are scheduled (e.g., termite, pool inspections, on-site wastewater treatment, etc.).
Notify your inspector of any specific concerns you have about the house.
Notify your inspector if there is anyone that you want them to discuss findings with or deliver a report to.
- Your inspector will not disclose findings to anyone (even your agent) without your express approval.
Ask whether the seller has any ongoing service contracts or warranties for major systems (e.g., on-site wastewater, pool, termite, etc.) especially if they include warranties.
Ask for copies of the documents and find out if/how they can be transferred to you after closing.
If the Seller has provided an SPIS (Sellers Property Information Statement) review it closely.
If major repairs have been made (e.g., foundation repairs), find out if they are covered by a warranty and whether it’s transferable to you after the sale.
For new construction, make sure that the house is as close to move-in ready as possible
Try to be present for at least the last half hour of the inspection.
- This is a great opportunity to learn a great deal about the house.
- While photographs in reports are great it’s much better to have the inspector point items out to you “live”, before you see them in the report.