It's a good idea to have your realtor communicate with the property owner ahead of the inspection.
I'VE GOT THE POWER: Find out if the home has water, gas, and electricity on.
LET ME IN: Make sure there is good, safe access to areas such the crawlspace, basement, attic, roof, access panels, etc. The inspector cannot move the owner's furniture or personal items, so it's a good idea to make sure they clear these areas beforehand.
WOOF WOOF: Although we love pets, it's safer for everyone if they are locked up or out of the house for the inspection timeframe.
CHECK ONE, TWO: Have the owner check for some simple issues that can cause a misleading flag on the inspection report.
Make sure all pilot lights are on
Replace burnt-out lightbulbs
Check batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, security systems, or emergency lighting
Empty the washer, dryer, and dishwasher
During the inspection
The inspection is a great time to get to know the home and the systems within it. Feel free to ask questions at any point.
We are there for YOU.
After the inspection
READ ALL ABOUT IT: You should receive a detailed report the next day. The summary section will remind you of all the issues found during the inspection, but it's a good idea to read the entire report.
GOING FOWARD: You'll receive a FREE home maintenance guide.