Prior to commencement of the inspector's work:Be knowledgeable of the scope of the inspection, and what your inspector will be observing.
Let your inspector know if you have any special areas of concern about any part of the property.
Understand that your inspector works for and reports directly and only to you, the inspection client.
Introduce any persons you approve and to whose questions your inspector is authorized to respond.
Tell your inspector who you authorize or may want present at the summation of inspection findings.
Inspection report information provided is for the sole benefit and use of you, the inspection client.
Instruct your inspector if you wish your broker or agent to receive a copy of your inspection report.
During the inspection process:Your inspector has much to observe to be able to render an opinion on the condition of the property.
Your inspector will be busy dictating voice recorded observation notes, and capturing digital images.
Following your inspector is OK, but be aware that he is pre-occupied and may not be easily distracted.
If you follow your inspector please heed any warnings, some aspects of inspection can be dangerous.
Your inspector comes prepared and uses protective clothing, eyewear, respirators and other gear.
If your inspector asks you to stand clear please do so, especially near electrical distribution panels.
For safety reasons your inspector will not invite you up onto the roof, into the attic or under the building.
For reasons of liability your inspector will not allow anyone use of his ladder, or other inspection gear.
Inspections are essentially "visual" in nature, anything the inspector doesn't touch you shouldn't touch.
At the conclusion of the inspection:Schedule your day appropriately and allow plenty of time to discuss your inspector's findings.
Your inspector will deliver a verbal summation on the condition of the building and its systems.
The inspector will now be able to answer any questions or concerns you may have about the property.
Do not feel pressured to think of all the questions you may have, more questions usually will arise later.
We joined your team the day of the inspection, the inspector is always available for follow-up questions.
Your inspector will confirm email or the physical address to which you want your inspection report sent.
Congratulate yourself for participating in the inspection, it will provide good perspective on your report.
Inspection Hints & Tips:Your inspector's work requires unrestricted free movement around the property both outside and inside, and often necessitates leaving and re-entering the building various times to observe and fully examine the condition of the building systems, structures and components. Your inspector will not object to you following along, but be prepared to do some legwork and back-tracking.
Your inspector is responsible for any damage he may cause and is insured for his own personal safety, but always has the safety of other persons present (for whom the inspector is not insured) constantly on his mind during the inspection. If the inspection client's party includes any children it is strongly recommended that they be supervised by an adult at all times during the inspection process.
Real estate agents often use the day of the inspection to complete paperwork on the transaction, and this can be an effective use of time while your inspector conducts his work making observations and recording notes. The inspection however is the top priority of the day so please be prepared to give your undivided attention when your inspector needs to speak with you.
Inspection clients typically will only have visited a property a few times, and will not have spent as much time at a property as they do during the course of an inspection, which is a good time to further investigate the features and amenities of the property and perhaps explore areas not yet seen.
Inspection day is also a good opportunity to measure for furniture and appliances such as refrigerators and laundry machines, and to check for the location of telephone and cable outlets. It is also advisable to take inventory of any fixtures such as window treatments or other installations that are to remain with the property as part of the sale, for verification of such components at the final walk-through. Back to top.