Use This Checklist to Prepare For Your Home Inspection

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HOUSE-CHECK, INC recommends that you follow this checklist to get the most out of a home inspection:

1.  The Certified American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) inspector wil be following the mandatory ASHI STANDARDS OF PRACTICE AND CODE OF ETHICS.  Client (the Buyer) will be provided with a copy of these STANDARDS as well as an INSPECTION AGREEMENT prior to the start of the inspection.  Review and approval will only take a couple of minutes.  Inspector will explain the scope of the inspection service and how the reporting process will be handled.

2.  Allow at least 1.5 to 2 hours, or more--depending on the size and complexity of the house or building for a complete inspection including the issuance of the report and Summary explanation.  Keep in mind that if client or homeowner or real estate agent ask lots of questions or require detailed explanation, the inspection will take more time.  HOUSE-CHECK INC charges a base fee for a maximum time and then charges an additional fee if the inspection takes longer for reasons indicated above.  It is best to save questions until the end.  Most questions will probably be answered during the course of the inspection process.  Inspector must keep to his schedule and perform his services as expeditiously as possible.

3.  The client (Buyer) must accompany the inspector during the entire process.  Invaluable information is provided which may not necessarily be written into the report.

4.  Furnaces, boilers, etc. should be operational at the time if inspection.  An inspector's job is to inspect their operation and not to make them operational.  If you have an oil-fired system, make sure that there is fuel in the storage tank.  If you have gas-fired appliances, all pilot lights should be on.  Inspector will return all equipment and systems to the condition in which they were found.

5.  The owner should move any items which block access to the furnace or boiler, hot water heater, attic, crawl space, access panels behind bathtubs, the electric service panel, the water meter, etc.  Any items that provide easy access to these areas should be moved by the owner prior to the inspection in order that the areas are readily accessible for the inspector.

6.  Access and keys must be available for all parts of the property as well as any areas (garage, closets, attic, etc.) which may be locked.

7.  The inspection will include all areas and rooms of the house.  It is helpful if sinks, basins and tubs are not filled with dishes, drying clothes, toys, etc.  Closets with "access" panels to the attic should be cleared sufficiently, by the owner, to allow access by the inspector.

8.  If the inspection cannot be completed for one or more of the above reasons, the client may wish to extend the agreement and have the inspector return at a later date.  Since an inspector's time is "by appointment only" and is controlled by pre-arranged schedule, he must be remunerated for his time, and the buyer may expect the seller to bear the added cost.

9.  The inspection report is provided to the client after the inspection.  An inspection report is the property of the inspector's client (Buyer).  Any report, verbal or written, is delivered to the client, unless the client elects otherwise.

10.  Contact the homeowner and all parties involved regarding the date, time and estimated duration of the home inspection.  HOUSE-CHECK schedules the appointment with the inspector only.

11.  Please contact the home inspector at least 24 hours before the inspection if you need to cancel or postpone the appointment.

12.  Payment is due upon completion of the inspection.

We look forward to being of service.