Home Inspection Preparation
Observation of the following recommendations will help ensure that a complete and proper inspection can be performed:
¨ All utilities including electrical service, water service and gas supply should be available. Electrical and gas equipment should be ready to operate; electrical circuit breakers and gas valves should be on and pilot lights should be active at furnaces, water heaters, and other equipment that will be evaluated.
¨ All areas of the home should be made accessible for the inspection. Access and sufficient space around evaluate heating / air conditioning equipment, kitchen appliances, electrical panel boxes, and other equipment that will be inspected, should be provided.
¨ Access openings to attic areas should be readily accessible. For example, if an access opening is located within a closet all items that would preclude easy access, such as placement of a ladder, should be moved.
¨ Pets should be secured / caged. There is the potential for the inspectors being injured and the inspectors can not be responsible for pets running away when doors are opened and closed.
¨ Clients should Inform the inspectors of any particular concerns they have, such as problem areas that they observed or that have been disclosed to them. Whenever possible, home buyers should obtain from the homeowner an up to date formal disclosure document that identifies known problems and any major repairs or changes that have been made.
¨ Allow the inspectors to proceed with the inspection with as little interruption as possible. A proper inspection can only be accomplished when the inspectors can fully concentrate on the items being evaluated.
Before the inspector arrives, there are a few things you should know. There are no federal regulations governing inspectors. The laws are going to differ state by state. Therefore it’s important to interview your inspector or inspection company prior to hiring them. Since each state is going to have their own standards of certification for inspectors – and some don’t have any – credibility is a big issue in choosing the right inspector.
You may want to accompany your inspector if you choose to. If you'd rather not, that's okay, your Nebraska Home Inspector will conduct the inspection just the same thorough way he always does. You might want him to point out where the home’s water and gas shutoffs are and where the fuse box is, just in case.
Nebraska Home Inspections
Warren G Wooledge
Proudly Serving Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa