Seacliff Home Inspections


Preparing for a Home Inspection

Home Inspection Home Inspections have become an industry standard, and as a result you should expect one to be performed on the home you are buying or selling. In most cases, the Buyers, the Buyer's agent and the Home Inspector will be present during the inspection. It is preferable that the Seller not be present during the inspection to allow the Buyer and Inspector free access to work throughout the home. An average home inspection will last between 2 - 3 hours depending on the size of the home, age of the property, and how difficult it is to access equipment and areas of the home.

The home inspection is an opportunity for the Buyers to become more familiar with the home they are purchasing. As such, it is preferable for the Buyer to limit the number of people attending the inspection to those that are absolutely necessary, in order to reduce possible distractions and allow them to focus on the inspection itself.

Items that are not in operating condition, not visible, or not accessible may be marked as "deficient". To avoid this and help ensure and smooth and accurate inspection of the home, the homeowner should prepare the home by following these steps:

  1. Ensure all utilities (water, electricity and gas) are hooked up, working and turned on.
  2. Ensure there is clear and open access to all crawlspaces.
  3. Trim back bushes and remove items from exterior walls and vents. In winter, clear an accessible path around the home.
  4. Where possible, please move storage away from walls of the house and garage.
  5. Keep electrical outlets accessible and replace burned-out lightbulbs.
  6. In kitchens and bathrooms, tidy up under sinks for plumbing inspection.
  7. Ensure all pilot lights are lit. For liability reasons, home inspectors will not light pilot lights on stoves, furnaces, fireplaces and water heaters.
  8. Ensure wood burning appliances are not in use and have cooled.
  9. Please ensure the inspector has clear access to all the mechanical systems in the home, including:
    • Furnace
    • Air Conditioner
    • Water Heater
    • Gas Meter
    • Electrical Panels
    • Water Meter and Valves
  10. Leave keys to all locked utility boxes and doors, including the garage.
  11. Appliances, such as dishwashers and washing machines included in the sale of the home, are subject to the home inspection and will be run. Even if an appliance is not included in the sale, the inspector may run your machine to ensure that the plumbing, venting and electrical supplies are in working order.
  12. Empty the dishwasher, oven, stove and range.
  13. If something isn't working properly, identify it as such.
  14. Make the attic hatch accessible. If the hatch is in a closet, please remove items for proper access.
  15. Leave repair documents and invoices for review by the inspector and buyer. It will give the buyer peace-of-mind to know these items were reinspected.
  16. Please make arrangements to remove pets during the inspection, or notify the inspector prior to the inspection.
  17. Remove vehicles from the garage. The garage door may not be tested if there is a vehicle in the garage.
  18. Plan to leave for at least three hours. This includes children and other home occupants.