Selling a Home

Selling a Home? Keep following in mind when having your home inspected. All systems must be operable for the inspection. Appliances should function properly and not require power other than for normal operation. This means pilot lights should not require lighting, water supply valves should be in the on position and functional, gas furnaces should have gas on, plumbing fixtures supply valves should all be on, and all light bulbs should be present and functional.

Things to Know When Selling a Home

Selling a Home?Selling a home? Keep following in mind when having your home inspected. All systems must be operable for the inspection. Appliances should function properly and not require power other than for normal operation. This means pilot lights should not require lighting, water supply valves should be in the on position and functional, gas furnaces should have gas on, plumbing fixtures supply valves should all be on, and all light bulbs should be present and functional.

Systems access panels need to readily accessible with a minimum of 36″ of clearance. Per the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) Standards of Practice (SOP) the definition of READILY ACCESSIBLE:

Available for visual inspection without requiring moving of personal property, dismantling, destructive measures, or any action which will likely involve risk to persons or property. ASHI SOP 13.2 C Inspectors are NOT required to operate:

  1. any system or component that is shut down or otherwise inoperable.
  2. any system or component that does not respond to normal operating controls.
  3. shut-off valves or manual stop valves.

 

Areas that the homeowner should pay special attention to for an inspection:

Heating and Cooling Systems
Main Electrical Panel and Sub-panels
Water Heater
Sump Pump
Utility Areas
Main water supply line and shut-off
Attic access openings in a closet
Crawl spaces
Garage areas
Windows
Doors and Gates
Pets

We hope as a home owner you found this information beneficial For further information or assistance with the inspection process, please feel free to contact AA home Inspection LLC by phone (859-448-0213) or via email (info@aahomeinspection.net).