HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SELLER FOR A HOME INSPECTION

  1. Consider having the seller present during the inspection
    1. can provide great information and
    2. participate in the summary
    3. inspection can go a lot faster and be more informative
  2. Get a termite guarantee in place (may require a termite inspection and possibly treatment)
  3. Have all mechanical equipment serviced and tagged
  4. Let the seller know that it’s very thorough
    1. the inspector will access all areas of the house and will remove the electrical panel covers
    2. let the seller know that it usually takes a few hours
    3. will need to access the attic, crawlspaces mechanical equipment, electrical panel, boiler etc.
  5. Get rid of anything that could put out odors, especially in the basement
  6. De-clutter the house if possible
  7. try to find out if there is an inground oil tank present, locate paperwork if possible
  8. Have booties available at the front door
  9. Ahead of time, make sure all lights (inside and out) work and repair if needed
  10. Just before the inspection turn on all the lights, inside and out
  11. Ask the seller if there’s anything that shouldn’t be turned on, or areas that should not be entered
  12. Decide if anything is going to not be represented in the sale (disclose)
  13. Suggest to the seller that after the inspection he check the settings of all the thermostats and lights to make sure they are as desired
  14. The seller should anticipate that issues will come up and not to be defensive or nervous, it’s okay, no house is perfect