The Home Inspection
for Sellers
Everything you need to know about the home inspection as a seller.
The pre-sale home inspection is pretty much a given nowadays.  On occasion, it may make or break a deal. 
 
The buyers are making a huge purchase and are most likely going through a multitude of emotions. The home inspection is used as a tool for the buyer so they know exactly what they are buying.
  
A typical home inspection includes a check of the home’s structural and mechanical condition.  It also includes tests for radon gas, asbestos, detection of wood-destroying insects and any other services requested by the buyer.
 
According to the American Society of Home Inspectors in the Standards of Practice , the ten critical areas to be inspected are the structure, exterior, roofing system, plumbing system, electrical system, heating system, air conditioning system, interior, insulations and ventilation, and the fireplaces.
 
The inspection is generally 2-3 hours long, depending on size of the home and other circumstances. Once complete, the inspector will create a report for the buyer (you, the seller, will never receive a copy of the report) which details everything that was found.  The report will note on problems that need immediate attention and conditions that could lead to more severe issues over time.

How it Works

Pets: If you have a pet that stays in the home when you’re away, do the inspector a favor and leave a note, or just let them know somehow, that the dog/cat will be in the home.  His/her name is so and so.  Try to keep the pet confined to one room so the buyers and inspector can walk freely without worrying about accidently letting Fido or Fifi out.
 
Access: Make sure you clear the space in front of attics, crawl spaces and electrical panels so the inspector has easy access and doesn’t need to have a return trip (which can come with fees!).
 
Bulbs:  Try to make sure any burned out bulbs are replaced before the inspection.
 
Radon Test: If a radon test is being performing, the EPA Guidelines  should be observed prior to and during the testing.  You will be asked to sign a document regarding compliance of these guidelines.
 
Leave: The key is to not be home when the inspection takes place. The inspector needs to be able to do a thorough and detailed job without interference or interruption.  If the buyer is there as well (they usually are), they need to be able to ask questions and point out areas of concern.  If you were in their position, you know you would expect the same courtesy.  So get your home ready and then get out of the way, please!

What can you do to help?

DO NOT…make verbal representations about the condition of your home.
 
 
DO NOT...negotiate the inspection.  If necessary, this will be done at a later date.
 
 
DO NOT…hide defects.  This could result in liability.
 
 
DO NOT…expect to know the results of the inspection immediately.  The report is confidential to the buyer.

and finally...
What Not To Do!