Is Your Home Accessible to the Inspector?

Once you’ve obtained a contract on your home or condo, you have to be ready for your prospective buyer to schedule an inspection. The inspector will need access to many areas of your home, so it’s a good idea to prepare for his visit in advance.

There are many areas of your home that you don’t access on a regular basis that the inspector will want to visit. You’ll make the inspection faster and smoother by having these areas cleared and ready for the inspector’s visit.

The primary areas you’ll want to clear include

1. Under your kitchen sink. This is especially important if you have a garbage disposal, as the inspector will want to check it out. In fact, you should make the area under all your sinks accessible, so that the inspector can look at all the pipes, if he desires.
2. Around your hot water heater. The hot water heater will definitely be inspected, so make sure the inspector has access. Specifically, he will need to get to the firebox and the nameplate that identifies the year of the hot water heater.
3. Attic and crawlspace. These areas are often used for storage and rarely accessed by homeowners, but the inspector will want to crawl around in there, so make sure there’s a clear path.
4. The furnace and air conditioner. These two units are definitely going to be a big part of the inspection, so make sure he can get to them easily.
5. The electrical panel. The inspector will ensure that the electrical system in your home is not overloaded and is overall up to code. He will need to access your main electrical panel in order to determine this. Be sure that the door can be opened, and, preferably that all breakers are labeled.
6. Large appliances. Large appliances are inspected to ensure they are in working order, assuming they are included in the sale of the home. Be sure that all appliances you’re leaving for the buyer are accessible for the inspector. In the laundry room, make sure he can get behind the washer and dryer, as he will be inspecting for leaks.
7. Storage areas and locked areas. Even if you think there’s nothing in these areas the inspector could possibly want to see, make sure there is access, so that in case he wants to inspect, it’s not a big hassle.

Making life easy on your inspector will ultimately make your inspection faster and hopefully will help to increase his confidence that your home is well cared for an in good working order for your buyer.

Photo from the Ralph Bunche home in Los Angeles' website

Photo from the Ralph Bunche home in Los Angeles’ website