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February 23, 2023

Your Essential Guide to A Successful Home Inspection: Must-Have Checklist

Are you ready to take the next step in your home buying or selling process? 

A successful home inspection is an important step when selling a house, allowing for peace of mind before negotiations commence.

At Maximum Home Inspections, we understand the importance of a comprehensive inspection to both buyers and sellers. With our expertise, you can be confident that your potential property is thoroughly examined to identify any potential issues.

Read on to discover some of our tips for ensuring that your home inspection goes as smoothly as possible.

Pre-Listing Inspection Checklist for Homeowners

If you want to sell your home quickly and at a price that meets or exceeds your expectations, getting a pre-listing inspection from a licensed professional is essential. In the real estate market, well-maintained homes tend to fetch top dollar and inspections help detect potentially expensive repairs before going up for sale. 

Following an extensive checklist can help ensure that no factors are overlooked during this important phase of real estate transactions! 

And don’t worry – we've put together this helpful checklist, so you know exactly what to expect during a pre-listing inspection!

Preparing in advance for home inspection helps to make sure the process goes smoothly, and this checklist provides some useful guidance to get you started.

  1. Arrive on time for your home inspection appointment: Being punctual is important, so arrive at least fifteen minutes ahead of schedule to give yourself enough time to answer any questions the inspector may have.
  2. Be prepared to answer questions about your home and its contents: The inspector will likely ask you questions about the age of the property, recent renovations or updates, and any damages that you’re already aware of. Make sure you’re prepared to answer these questions truthfully and accurately.
  3. Allow the inspector to do their job - don't interfere or distract them: While it can be tempting to get involved in the inspection process, try to be as hands-off as possible and allow the inspector to do their job without any interruptions or distractions.
  4. Follow the inspector's instructions and ask questions if you don't understand something: If there are instructions that aren’t clear, don’t hesitate to ask clarifying questions before beginning an inspection task—this can save a lot of time in the end! Find here the questions you should ask!
  5. Make sure the inspector has access to all areas of the house, inside and out: Before your appointment, make sure that all doors, access panels, attics or crawl spaces are open and available for inspection.
  6. Ask for a copy of the inspection report once it's complete: After completing their inspections, most inspectors will provide homeowners with a comprehensive report detailing any issues discovered during the process. Make sure to request a copy for yourself before leaving the property!

Pre-Purchase Inspection Checklist For Home Buyers

So, you found the perfect house for you and your family – congratulations! However, before making it official, there are still a few necessary steps to ensure that your future dream home is safe and sound. One of the most important tasks in this process is scheduling a pre-purchase home inspection.

And while at first it might just sound like another cost associated with purchasing a house, having a pre-purchase home inspection done is actually beneficial for both buyers and sellers alike. Not only does it help ensure that potential buyers are aware of any possible problems their new property may have, or could develop in the near future, but it also puts everyone involved at ease knowing that everything has been checked thoroughly and professionally ahead of time.

To make things easier for you, we've put together this handy checklist outlining all of the important elements involved with having a successful pre-purchase home inspection.

  1. Review the home inspection checklist to make sure everything is in order: Before the inspection begins, take some time to review the inspector’s checklist and ensure that everything is in order. This can prevent any last-minute surprises during the course of the inspection.
  2. Make sure the home inspector is qualified and experienced: Before choosing an inspector, make sure to do your research and find out if they are qualified and have experience in conducting inspections on homes similar to yours.
  3. Be present during the inspection and ask questions if you don't understand something:  Even though you don’t need to be present for every step of the process, it’s important to be available throughout the inspection so you can answer any questions that come up or gain a better understanding of what’s being checked for.
  4. Follow up with the inspector after the inspection to get a detailed report:  Once the inspector has finished their job, follow up with them and request a detailed report which outlines all findings from the inspection - this will give you an understanding of how much work needs to be done before closing or moving into your new property.
  5. Take care of any issues that are found during the inspection: It’s important to take care of any problems that were flagged during the home inspection as soon as possible - this could help avoid bigger problems down the line (and save money too!). Check here the most common issues that home inspectors find!

The purpose of hiring a qualified inspector is to gain peace of mind when making this major purchase decision, and although there are no guarantees that any one particular issue will be found during the inspection process, having an expert look at the property as soon as possible can provide invaluable information about its condition. 

Maximum Home Inspections is the perfect choice for anyone looking for a reliable, experienced home inspection service. We offer pre-purchase and pre-listing home inspections in Vancouver Island and the gulf islands.

Our team of highly trained professionals are devoted to providing you with an accurate and comprehensive assessment of your property so you can make an informed decision when it comes to buying or selling it. 

We’re always happy to answer any questions that may come up during the inspection process. 

Get in touch today to book your appointment and start your journey towards finding the perfect home!

Call or text for a free estimate: 250-812-5335

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