Hello friends! Are you trying to prepare for your Sarasota home inspection and to eliminate any unforeseen delays? Home inspections are a crucial element in the home sales process. Not only are home inspections often required by a buyer’s lender, they are strongly recommended and encouraged by the National Association of Realtors. Many Sarasota sellers are surprised by how thorough a home inspection can be and if one is not prepared, it could result in costly delays to the closing. Additionally, there are a number of inspection points that are unique to Florida you need to be aware of. Therefore, it is extremely important that you are prepared for your Sarasota home inspection. Here are six effective ways to prepare for your Sarasota home inspection.
Utilities are one of the most important components of a home inspection. Therefore, you need to ensure that the electricity, water and gas or propane supplies are ON for the inspection. If they are OFF, any systems or components that depend on them will not be able to be inspected. Inspectors are not allowed to turn the systems on themselves so be sure everything is on.
Access, Access, Access
If there are any personal belongings, furniture, or cabinetry that are blocking the access to the HVAC, plumbing or electrical systems, they will need to be moved prior to the inspection because an inspector cannot do so themselves. Your Sarasota home inspector will attempt to inspect all of your systems & components, so it is important that they are readily and easily accessible.
If there are any fireplaces or water heaters that are operated by gas and have a pilot light, you need to make sure that the pilot light is on. Unfortunately, a Sarasota home inspector is not permitted to light a pilot light under any circumstances. If you do have a fireplace, your inspector will examine it. However, due to insurance liabilities, an inspector can only light fireplaces that work via a remote or switch for the inspection. They can never light a fireplace with a pilot light or a gas fireplace that has not been used for a long period of time. In Sarasota, it is the seller’s responsibility to prepare their fireplace for testing during their home inspection.
As you prepare for your Sarasota home inspection, don’t forget about your attic access. Your Sarasota home inspector will attempt to go into the attic, so be sure that there aren’t any obstacles or vehicles preventing them from gaining access.
If you have any pets in your home, it is best to either make arrangements for their removal, or keep them contained in a crate for the duration of the inspection. Just as it is wise to do this for any potential buyer that might be touring your home, it is in the best interest of all parties that you remove or contain your furry loved ones for your Sarasota home inspection.
If any components in the home operate via remote control it is recommended to have those remote controls available. Fans, pools and fireplaces are often controlled via remote so it is recommended to have them available. Also, it is recommended to check that the batteries still operate.
Do You Need A Home Inspection?
For more information about preparing your home for your Sarasota home inspection, contact Direct Inspections. We are a professional, customer-focused inspection company working in the Sarasota & Manatee region. Our inspections include evaluation of the Roofing System, Air Conditioning, Electrical, Plumbing, Structure & Interiors. At your request, we can also schedule an independent Termite Specialist & HVAC Professional at no additional charge! Furthermore, we can arrange for special examinations including Mold, Pool & Spa, Dock & Davit, Elevator, Sewer Line, Thermal Infrared, Chinese Drywall and many more. Call us today at (941) 251-1000.