A Home Inspection is one of the most important steps in the home purchase process. As professional home inspectors, our goal is to ensure the home inspection experience is reliable and useful. We conduct comprehensive evaluations and provide objective, easy-to-understand reports that our clients can use to make sound decisions.
Everyone involved benefits from an efficient home inspection. The home seller can take the following simple steps prior to the inspection to prepare the house resulting in a smoother inspection and less findings:
- Exterior Doors: all doors should be accessible; the locks and hardware should be operable and the keys for all locked doors should be made available.
- Interior Doors: all doors should be accessible, and furniture or belongings removed if blocking access to any areas including crawl spaces and attics.
- Utilities: ensure that all utilities (electricity, water, gas/propane and oil) are on and all utility panels are accessible, and the covers can be removed so the inspector can perform a thorough inspection.
- Electrical: verify all switches are operable, replace burnt out lightbulbs and check receptacle and switch plate covers for damage. Also, verify that any electrical outlets in areas within six feet of water are GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) receptacles and are operational.
- Plumbing: have any leaks fixed prior to the inspection or let the inspector know about the leak prior to the start of the inspection.
- Heating and Air Conditioning: consider having the system serviced prior to the inspection to ensure proper operation. At the least, make sure the air filter is clean to ensure maximum air flow.
- Safety Detectors: test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace any dead batteries if needed.
- Foundation: remove any wood, debris or stored items which may limit the view of the foundation walls. These items can also be a conducive condition on a termite report.
- Gutters and Downspouts: clean and repair as needed to ensure proper drainage
- Landscaping: trim bushes and plants 12” – 14” inches away from the house
- Pets: we love friendly pets, but it is best to have them removed from the premises if possible or placed in a secured area
These actions will help ensure the inspector can perform a complete and thorough inspection. In addition, the majority of these steps are simple DIY projects which will result in less findings on an inspection report and make the process smoother for all involved.
Our experienced team of inspectors proudly serves the following areas:
Chester County, PA
- West Chester
- Kennett Square
Delaware County, PA
- Newtown Square
Montgomery County, PA
New Castle County, DE
Also serving portions of the following counties: Lancaster (PA), Berks (PA), Bucks (PA) and Kent (DE).