- CLIENT OBLIGATIONS -
(SPEAK WITH OWNER/OCCUPANT)
To ensure a positive and beneficial experience for everyone involved in your real estate transaction, we ask that you or the real estate professionals involved in your transaction speak with the property owner or occupant in advance and ask that the following guidelines are followed: To ensure a positive and beneficial experience for everyone involved in your real estate transaction, we ask that you or the real estate professionals involved in the transaction speak with the property owner/occupant in advance of the inspection date and explain that: • The Inspector will need clear access to the HVAC system, the water heater, the crawlspace/basement, the attic, and the electrical panel. • All utility valves/connections (water, electric, gas, pilot lights, etc.) should be in the .On./operating position to ensure that the Inspector can conduct a complete inspection. • Personal belongings of the property owner/occupant (particularly storage items in closets and cabinets) should be positioned to ensure that Inspector access to wall, floor and/or ceiling areas is not impeded. • Security systems should be disabled during the inspection(s) and reengaged when the inspection services conclude. • Pets should be secured and out of the way during the inspection(s). • United States Environmental Protection Agency .closed house conditions. will need to be observed if radon testing and/or mold screening services are to be conducted.
MAKE SURE THE UTILITIES ARE ON! WATER, ELECTRICITY, GAS W/ PILOT LIGHTS LIT WHERE APPLICABLE! Water service needs to be on at the meter already servicing the house and property, it is not the home inspector’s responsibility to turn the water main on, and reason is: due to the possibility of an undisclosed plumbing issue that the home inspector is unaware of that could cause damage inside the structure. The home inspector will NOT turn utilities on, under any circumstance. All utilities need to be turned on prior to the day of inspection; you understand and acknowledge this by signing below. It is not the home inspector’s responsibility to turn electrical power on; this should already be in functioning condition at the time the inspector arrives. Inspectors do not turn gas on, or light pilot lights of any kind; this is outside of the scope of the inspection. This needs to be performed by the local gas utility company.
(MAKE SURE THE UTILITIES ARE ON)
Make sure pets won't hinder your home inspection. The inspector has a job to do. He will not be able to watch anyone’s pet(s). Please have pets removed from the home / property, or secure them so they are not free to roam. Have pets taken to a friend or relative (this is for the safety of everyone, including the pets). If boarding can not be found for the pets, please have them kenneled where they will be comfortable for the duration of the inspection process. A pet may be the friendliest animal around when you are home, but it is their domain and most have instincts to protect what is theirs. Even if the dogs are harmless keep in mind the inspector is usually a non-‐introduced stranger coming into their territory. Animals react differently when their masters are present verses when not present. A pet may be the friendliest animal around when you are home, but it is their domain and most have instincts to protect what is theirs. If the pet absolutely has to be contained in the back yard, a simple note to the inspector with the pets name on it is always a great idea. Please remove or contain your pets during the inspection, and inform us about any pets that must stay inside. DO NOT ASSUME THAT AN INSPECTOR WILL ENTER AN AREA WHERE DOGS ARE LEFT OUT.
To help you get the most benefit from the inspection you should leave the kids at home. I do ask that you make other arrangements for your children as they can be a distraction both to the inspector and yourself as well as impose on the home owner — you won't be able to pay attention to them and the inspection at the same time. For the same reason, if you have family members or friends who would like to see the house you should arrange that for another time.
(RIGHT OF ENTRY)
I warrant that, I or my agent, have made all necessary arrangements with the selling party for the Company to enter and inspect the property described in this agreement.
CLIENT OBLIGATIONS. PREPARATION ACKNOWLEDGMENT. (YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES) Additional fees will be charged and collected at the time of the initial visit if additional visits are requested to address any of the above said issues. Additional travel fees start at $100.00 and will be no compromises. THESE ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES IF IT WAS THE FAULT OF THE LISTING PARTY THAT THESE ITEMS WERE NOT READY FOR INSPECTION, THEN YOU WILL NEED TO NEGOTIATE ANY OF THESE FEES WITH THEM IF THEY HAVE TOLD YOU THE HOUSE WILL BE READY FOR INSPECTION. YOU ARE THE ONE THAT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING THE ADDITIONAL FEE UPFRONT AND IT WILL BE PAID AT THE TIME OF THE SCHEDULED INSPECTION.
ACCESS IS NEEDED FOR: (HEATING AND COOLING)
Heating and cooling systems should have clear access in front of the access panels (36”). The inspector will remove the access panels for inspections and access to the data plate.
ACCESS IS NEEDED FOR: (ELECTRICAL)
Main electrical panel and sub-‐panels (36”) When safe to do so, in the professional opinion of the inspector, he will attempt remove the cover panels for inspection of the interior of the panel. This includes when items such as cabinet doors are installed over these that the cabinet doors/frames are removed if the panel face is captured or cannot be easily removed. In the case where drywall is installed over the panel face and the panel face cannot be removed without cutting or removing finished materials the panel will not be removed, recommend homeowner to remove materials if required prior to the inspection.
ACCESS IS NEEDED FOR: (WATER HEATER)
Water heater should have clear access in front of the access panels (36”). The inspector will remove the access panels for inspection.
ACCESS IS NEEDED FOR: (SUMP PUMP)
Sump pump pits should have clear access with the ability if so designed to lift the pit cover off of the pit for access.
ACCESS IS NEEDED FOR: (UTILITY AREAS)
Utility areas of a basement that are not finished, ideally visual access to all perimeter foundation walls will be visible and accessible.
ACCESS IS NEEDED FOR: (MAIN WATER SUPPLY)
Main water supply line and shut-‐off should be readily accessible for inspection, in the event these are in a finished basement area, recommend removing or opening panels, as well as removing any wall hangings or furniture blocking access.
ACCESS IS NEEDED FOR: (ATTIC)
Attic access openings in a closet, if clothes and personal articles are stored in the closet recommend removing, if shelving blocks access recommends removing shelving and hanging rods. In the event clothes are in close proximity recommend removing the clothes to prevent dirt/insulation from falling onto clothes. For ceiling access panels in all areas think of a ladder being needed and room for the inspector to physically access the opening.
ACCESS IS NEEDED FOR: (CRAWL SPACE)
Crawl spaces for access beneath the home, the inspector needs to have physically access to the opening, the panel needs to be easily removed, if nailed and not screwed shut the panel will commonly not be removed. Often these will be located within a basement above a wash area, if this is the case any appliance blocking access should be pulled out by the home owner. Believe it or not most major concerns are found in the basement and or the crawl spaces, this is especially true with crawl spaces due to the fact theta these are seldom entered or observed by the homeowner.
ACCESS IS NEEDED FOR: (GARAGE)
Garage areas, especially if an attic access is present do not leave cars, boats; trailers large mowers in the garage, often these will block safe access to ceiling access panels and other areas of the garage.
ACCESS IS NEEDED FOR: (WINDOWS)
Windows, average home will have approximately 20 windows, it is a great assistance that all knickknacks be removed from the window area as well as if all blinds are raised or opened for access. It is amazing how much time is saved when this is done by the home owner; it also reduces accidental damage to blinds and personal items.
ACCESS IS NEEDED FOR: (DOORS / GATES / OUT BUILDINGS)
Doors and gates, make sure all are either unlocked or keys for all are available, this includes out buildings.