About the home inspection process?
Can your house fail the inspection? 

Do Seller’s benefit from pre-listing inspections?

The prospective buyer has scheduled a home inspection; do you need to be present during the inspection?

What you should consider when choosing a home inspector.

The inspector coming what should I do?






About he home inspection process. 

A professional home inspection is a visual examination and evaluation of all of the properties accessible areas including; roof coverings, attic, and roof framing, foundation, and under-floor support systems, walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors, fireplaces, chimneys, water heaters, plumbing, electrical, central heating and air conditioning systems.  Upon completion of the inspection, the inspector will provide a written report documenting all of the conditions observed during the inspection to the buyer.  It is the duty of the professional inspector to provide an objective third party assessment of the property.  The professional home inspectors role is not to be adversarial with sellers and find fault with every little aspect of the home, however they are required to report on all conditions observed during the inspection.  The majority of buyers today will invest in a professional home inspection prior to the close of escrow.


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Can your house fail the home inspection? 

All homes both new and old have defects.  It is the home inspectors job to disclose those defects objectively and fairly.  Only the prospective buyer can determine if the home has “failed” the inspection by his or her own terms and criteria.  Remember that no two buyers are alike and what may be important to one, might be of little concern to the next. The home inspectors job is to report only what they see and let the buyer decide from there what’s important to them.   


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Do Seller’s benefit from pre-listing inspections? 

     Sellers can benefit from pre-listing inspections in many ways.  Pre-listing inspections can help eliminate surprises that may be discovered during the buyers inspection.  Often those surprises can slow down the close of the sale, reduce your profits by having to re-negotiate the deal if the problem is of significant cost, or kill the deal all together.  If you know up front about the conditions the buyer’s inspector may find, you can address those items prior to listing and/or set your price accordingly.  Buyers are often much more willing to negotiate amicably with up front disclosures.  Pre-listing inspections are also good marketing tools for sellers.  Pre-listing inspections can be used as a tool to give validity to your asking price and place confidence in the minds of prospective buyers.  Buyers who compare their inspection report to pre-listing reports are much more likely to pay full asking price without a challenge when both reports are favorable.


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What should you consider when choosing a home inspector for your pre-listing inspection.

  • Ask the inspector about their background. i.e.; education, experience 
    Find out how long they have been in the inspection field. Most fulltime inspectors complete a minimum of 75 inspections a year. 

  • Are they members of any professional trade organizations?  Examples of such are, CREIA, California Real Estate Inspection Association or ASHI, American Society of Home Inspectors.  Members of these groups are required to have proven technical knowledge of the systems found in residential properties.  To remain a member they must also abide by a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice they also must commit to at least 30 hours of continuing education each year.  While membership in these groups does not provide regulatory protection, it is a good indication of professionalism and commitment to quality service. 

  • What type of report do they provide? Do their reports include recommendations for maintenance and upgrades? Ask for a sample. 

  • During the home inspection is a good time for you to become familiar with your homes systems and components. A professional inspector will encourage you to be present during all or part of the inspection. 

  • Will the inspector stand behind their work? Are they covered by proper liability and professional insurance? 

  • Be very skeptical of any inspector who offers to bid on or repair any item outlined in their report. This is an obvious conflict of interest, and violation of the California Business and Professions Code governing home inspections as well as the code of ethics for any professional inspection trade association for which they may belong. 

  • Call the Better Business Bureau and find out if any complaints have been filed. 

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The prospective buyer has scheduled a home inspection; do you need to be present during the inspection?

t is not usually necessary for sellers to be present during the home inspection.  In fact, in many cases, the listing agent may prefer that the seller’s not be present during the buyer’s home inspection.  When in doubt ask your agent.  Most agents are very familiar with the home inspection process and are very happy to act as your representative during the inspection.  Most home inspections take two to four hours to complete.  On the other hand, if you are the seller scheduling a pre-listing inspection the home inspector will have many questions for you and will want you to be present during the inspection.


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The inspector is coming, what should I do?  
The following tips will make the home inspection process go quickly smoothly.

  1. Make sure all utilities are turned on. water, gas, electric

  2. Make sure all gates, sheds, electrical panels, garages, and storage rooms are unlocked and accessible or keys to each are readily available to the inspector.

  3. Remove items blocking or limiting access to under floor crawl spaces and attic accesses. 

  4. Check all interior and exterior lights and replace any burnt out bulbs.

  5. Secure all family pets (i.e. dogs)

  6. Alarms systems should be turned off or alarm codes provided.

  7. All pilot lights to gas appliances or furnaces should be turned on.

  8. Hot water heater is accessible.

  9. Seismic strapping of hot water heater is installed.

  10. Make sure the air conditioning system equipment on both interior and exterior is accessible.



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    All Phase Inspection Services at:     

California  916-847-5219   or  Nevada  775-720-9943 


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