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2016-06-03 10:58:01
Your Property Inspection: What to Expect

Your Property Inspection – What to Expect

You did a lot of work and got your property ready for today’s market. Dave, your realtor, helped you list at an appropriate price and now you’ve accepted an offer. Your contract is now in the ‘option’ period. During this period of time the buyers will be sending a licensed home inspector to inspect the property. If you’re a first time seller, or it’s been a while, you may be wondering what to expect and how you can make the inspection go as smoothly as possible.
- The inspector will be licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission and will perform a standardized test of your property to give the buyer’s a clear picture of the condition of the property they are buying.
-It is very important that you do NOT interact with the inspector or buying during this inspection. Vacate the property and do not return until you are certain they have left.  If you must stay, answer ONLY questions about the system functions but do not volunteer information.

In order to prevent unnecessary delays, have the property ready for inspection.

This includes:
-Ensure all utilities are on
-Pilot lights are lit
-Attic access doors and pull down stairs are accessible
-Replace burnt out light bulbs
-Water meter and main water lines are accessible.
-Hot water heater and area surrounding the hot water heater are accessible
- Furnace, Air Conditioner,  and surrounding area are accessible.
-Ensure a clean filter in the air conditioner.
-Electrical panels and sub panels are accessible
-Decorative items from doors and windows are removed.
-Kitchen counter tops are clear and dishwasher is empty
-Foundation walls are clear of stored items
-Sprinkler heads are turned on and functioning properly and turned on DAYS in advance.
-The garage overhead and service doors are clear of items.
-Pets are in an appropriate sized kennel or removed from the home for the duration of the inspection.

Due to liability reasons, home inspectors are not required or advised to move items that may be blocking access to any areas that need to be inspected. If you do not provide access the inspector may not be able to complete the inspection and have to come back at a fee to you, the seller. The inspector will be inspecting both the interior and exterior of your home so ensure that paths are clear both inside and out.

The good news is that with your preparation the inspector will be able to give the home buyer’s a clear picture of the property they wish to purchase and help to minimalize any complications in your transaction.  If you’re unsure about any aspect of your home inspection you can call Dave Ryer at 214-704-2606 and talk about your specific property and any areas you may be concerned about.







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