Pre-Inspection Information and Check-Lists

We have prepared this information sheet to  help you understand, prepare for, and get the most out of your  professional home inspection.

Inspection Scope and Purpose

The purpose of a professional home inspection  is to provide an objective, independent, professional opinion about the  condition of the property. The following items/systems may be inspected  in accordance with the International Association of Certified Home  Inspectors Standards of Practice:

  • Foundation
  • Basement
  • Exterior
  • Interior
  • Roof coverings
  • Attic Area
  • Roof Framing
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Heating 
  • Central Cooling
  • Fireplace & Chimneys
  • Building Interior 
  • Built-in Appliances
  • Other Systems
  • Pools & Spas (optional)

When Ordering

When ordering your home inspection, and to  ensure we can offer you the most accurate price and inspection duration  estimate, please have the following information available:

  • Property size (sq. ft)
  • Property age
  • Additional buildings (if any)
  • Pools and spas (available as an additional optional inspection)

Buyers Check-List

  • If you do not attend the entire  inspection, try to arrive towards the end so that the inspector can  review the findings with you or we can review over the phone.
  • Prepare a list of any general or specific questions you have about the property.
  • If you need to reschedule prior to the  inspection, please call us as soon as possible. We can usually  accommodate your rescheduling needs.

Sellers Check-List (Buyers should ask sellers to make the following preparations)

  • Please make sure the items/systems to be  inspected are accessible. In particular please make sure the attic  accesses (often in closets) and the crawl space accesses (usually in a  closet or on an exterior wall) are fully accessible for the inspector to  enter.
  • Please make sure that all utilities  (electric, gas, water, etc.) are turned on. Also please make sure that  all electrical breakers are on and pilot lights are lit. For safety and  liability reasons the inspector will not turn on any utilities, reset  any electrical breakers, or light any pilot lights found to be off  during the inspection.
  • If you have tenants, please make them aware of the scheduled inspection, and ask them to follow the above check-list guidelines.