No matter if you’re buying or selling, your home will go through a home inspection. Home inspections in Lafayette, La take place within the due diligence and inspection period. This time frame is agreed upon in the contract before hand.
8 Tips to Prepare for Your Home Inspection
I use the analogy of your home going in for it’s yearly physical. Just like when you visit your general physician and they check all the major aspects of your overall health, a home inspector does the same for your home. Should your general physician find anything out of the norm with any part of your physical they will refer you to the required specialist, same for your home and the inspector.
Here are a few tips to help you prepare for a home inspection:
- Make sure all areas of the home are easily accessible. This includes attics, basements, and crawl spaces.
- Clean up any clutter that may prevent the inspector from seeing all areas of the home.
- Make sure all utilities are on and functioning properly.
- Make sure all appliances (oven, dishwasher, etc.) are clean and in working condition.
- Provide easy access to areas like the water heater, furnace, and electrical panel.
- Replace any broken windows and repair any other damage you may find.
- Make sure to keep pets out of the way during the inspection.
- Replace burnt lightbulbs, cover open junction boxes, and make sure all fan remotes are easily accessible.
A licensed home inspector will only report the status of the home on the day and time in which it is inspected. They do not suggest contractors to make any repairs they see needed, nor do they price repairs. As your Realtor I will refer you to multiple contractors/repair men who you can get quotes from to inquire about any repairs.
For full disclosure, as your Realtor I do not make any commission for working with certain inspectors. The home inspectors I refer have a great reputation and provide my clients with the best service.