How to Prepare for a Home Inspection

Did you know that moving is the #3 stress for most people? It doesn’t matter if this is your first home or your fifth home; selling is always stressful. So how can we make it easier? Knowing what to expect and then preparing for it can alleviate a lot of your concerns.

That’s why I have a list of tips that can you prepare.

      Make sure all your utilities are on and inspection ready.
a.       Turn gas, water and electric on prior to the inspection
b.      Unlock the electrical panel and gates
c.       Turn on all pilot lights on gas appliances
d.      Turn all electrical circuit breakers in the ‘on’ position
      Make everything accessible.
a.       Make a clear path to access the attic opening, garage crawl space or any other areas the inspector will need to get to.
b.      Declutter congest areas in your home.
c.       Open window coverings.
d.      Clear out storage items from oven or stove

       Protect Your Property
a.       Put your pets in a secure area
b.      Protect personal items that may get dirty during the inspection, such as clothes in a closet near a attic opening or crawl space.
c.       Put away all breakables, antiques etc 

Prepare for System Tests
a.       Preset your heating and cooling thermostat between 70-78 degrees
b.      Know that your dishwasher will be run during the inspection
c.       Have the operating instructions ready for any unique appliance
d.      Provide remote controls for ceiling fans, lights, fire places, etc

       Provide any pertinent information that may affect the property of the inspection
a.       A copy of the S.P.D. is helpful

       Expect a time frame of 2-4 hours for the average home inspection.
a.       An hour per 1000 square feet depending on age and equipment

I hope you find all this helpful and makes your home inspection much smoother! If you have any questions, please give me a call! 


If you would like to contact my home inspector, Bruce LaBell, his contact information is as foll

Bruce LaBell
Royal Home Inspectors LLC
Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2246
Cell: 602-402-7877;
License Number: BTR 41795

How much longer will the sellers market last?

Hey, guys! Lately, I’ve been asked nonstop about how long this sellers market is going to go on.

Well, the market dynamic is set by the supply and demand. Right now the low inventory and high buyer’s demand create the perfect sellers market. Homes are seeing multiple offers and are getting incredible prices.

Our perfect sellers market won’t last forever, though. As more homes come on the market, there is less of a pent up demand. Prices will then decrease as well.

So if you know of someone who is thinking about selling, spread the word. Now is the time to get the best price!

If you have any questions, please give me a call!