Preparing Sellers For Home Inspection

Guest Blogger: 
Darryl Willoughby, ProChek Home Inspections
www.ProChekLou.com
502-802-6336

Sellers tend to be forgotten during the home inspection process.  Even though the inspection is not for the seller and they are not our client, the home being inspected still belongs to them and they need to understand what we do and why we do it. 

When a home inspection is scheduled through my office by the buyer, I have the opportunity to prepare the client for the home inspection process so that they will know what to expect.  

I do not usually have any contact with the seller prior to the inspection and many times the seller does not know what to expect.  Because they are not prepared for the inspection process, sometimes they are shocked and dismayed by the invasiveness of the inspection. They do not understand what we do and why we do it. 

The owners see the inspector sweeping through their home with the buyers in his wake so to speak and they begin to imagine him dismantling and breaking all sorts of things.  Their lack of knowledge can cause a lot of stress for them as well as everyone else involved in the transaction. 

My job is to provide peace of mind, not stress everyone out. I have found over the years that the inspection process is less stressful when everyone involved knows exactly what to expect.  I realize that we are a guest in the seller’s home and strive to leave the home exactly as we found it. 

I will take the time to explain to everyone present what the inspection will entail.  However, if the homeowners are not present for the inspection or they arrive late for some reason, they miss this explanation. Even if they are not present for the inspection, they still need to know what the inspection process entails. 

The homeowners  need to understand that all of my inspections are performed according the ASHI guidelines. The owners should be told that the inspection is visual and mechanical in nature and should take 2 to 3 hours (on a normal sized house) to complete. 

The homeowner needs to know that the inspector will need to have access to all areas of the home  The inspector will not move owner’s belongings to gain access to any area so all areas should be accessible.  The  inspector will test most every item in the home and is also required to run the water in the home to check for plumbing leaks. 

At ProChek, I am dedicated to helping you provide your clients with a professional home inspection that includes a detailed report of the condition of the home they are selling or buying.   If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to call me at 802-6336 or  please feel free to email me at: Darryl@ProChekLou.com 

ProChek Home Inspections, Providing Confidence in Your Home Buying Decision. 

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3 comments

  1. The selling agent should also explain in detail what the buyer’s home inspection will entail. Sometimes it can be helpful for the seller to get a home inspection prior to listing the home to know and fix any defects to make the home more marketable.

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