December 2019

Preparing A House For Inspection Part 2 – Light The Way

Light The Way

The simplest things can make a home look better to the buyers and help the Home Inspector write a cleaner inspection report. Owners, Listing Agents, and Home Stagers can help each other by putting just a bit of thought into the preparations that get a home ready to show and ready for the inevitable Home Inspection. And the buyer’s agent could call ahead to ask if these simple things have been addressed.

On a recent inspection, I found numerous light bulbs that were not working. All the way from the basement to the attic. You may think that it is not important. But it takes very little time to go through your home with a box of bulbs and install them wherever they are burned out. And don’t forget the front and back porch and the garage coach lights. The garage interior is also a place that will be inspected so check it as well. CFL or LED bulbs are economical enough that you could change the burned out bulbs today and have fewer items on the inspection list when that day comes for the home to be inspected.

The inspector cannot guess if the issue is simply a burned out bulb or an electrical issue such as wiring or a defective fixture. When you go the extra mile and change all the bulbs today, they will last through the entire listing period and the Home Inspection that will follow.

On another recent inspection, I found every light bulb working and there were extra new bulbs on the kitchen counter that had been left by the agent. This was a first class way of announcing that the home was ready for inspection. I hope it becomes a trend to see that sort of effort put into the simple things by the listing agents or the stagers.

Locked Gas Meter

Preparing A House For Inspection Part 1 – Turn On All Of The Utilities

Turn On The Utilities

If you are living in your home, this one is not for you because you have all the utilities turned on right?

But listing agents of vacant homes need to keep this in mind. They may not know if all the utilities are on unless they ask the owner. And the buyer’s agent should ask this question as well. Speculators, Absentee Owners, Banks, and Receivers may have their homes winterized as well. Recently rehabbed or even refurbished homes may have the utilities off while work is being done on the home. Even a short time while being vacant may be enough for the utilities to be turned off.

Think of all of the key utilities such as Water Service, Electrical Power, Natural Gas, Propane, or Fuel Oil. Even miscommunications can happen between the owners and the utility companies. Both the listing agent and the buyer’s agent should be aware of this as a potential for delays or disappointment.

Why Would A Home Inspector Blog?

I often wonder why a home inspector would blog. Why would I want to blog? Much of what we do as a home inspector is not entertainment. So a blog that is written by a home inspector will rarely have humor, or shock value, or heavy social commentary as so many bloggers offer.

There are many ways that home buyers and home owners can learn about their home or the home they hope to own. I want my blog posts to be of value to you when you search for answers about your home. Most of my posts will be answers to real questions that I have written elsewhere on the internet.

If you were to ask an experienced web designer or web marketing expert, they will remind us that blogging is of value to boost our Google Search Engine ranking so we will come up higher in the search results. That is not why I blog. It may however be a beneficial side effect.

The reason that I have blogged in the past and will begin to re-post some old blog posts is because I wanted to write answers to questions that are important to home owners.

Other home inspectors may look in on my writings from time to time and I hope they comment on my posts. Remember that I write from the perspective of someone who lives and works in the Midwest. The homes we inspect here were built for the climate and weather that is typical for this area in Northeastern Illinois. Every part of the country has their own climate and weather which have historically impacted how homes have been built, from the foundation to the roof, for generations.