As a homeowner, here are some basic things to consider as you prepare for your home inspection.

Some people consider home inspectors the same as health inspectors – someone who comes in to enforce laws and regulations and has the power to shut you down – but realistically, a home inspector can be your next best friend, ensuring you get the value for your money when investing in a home.

Most states in America observe federal legislation requiring house properties up for sale to go through a home inspection process conducted by a licensed professional home inspector or home inspection service.

It is the state that requires a home seller to prepare a property disclosure report on the current condition of the house.

So the best advice would be to not hide any perceived issues that you think may reveal some problems with the home set-up, fixtures or anything that may need repair.

Our home inspectors are experts in their field and they are the ones who could provide the best advise when it comes to solutions and alternatives to what they find could be a cause for concern. That’s why it is important to be as transparent and truthful as possible with your home inspector, and ask and answer questions along the way, so he or she can provide you the best advice.

Never attempt to conceal or hide any defects that you are aware about, and allow the inspector to take his or her time in inspecting any area of the home necessary.

On average, a standard-sized home usually takes about three hours for the home inspection. The bigger and more complex the home, the longer time it takes to go through the home inspection process.

Prior to the inspection process, make sure that all exterior doors are easily accessible, as well as all door locks are operable.

Another important area the inspector will want to make sure to go through would be the house’s electrical system, and the inspector may need to remove the cover on the electric service panel to examine the electrical system, so be sure that the panel is accessible. Every other area of the home must be made accessible, particularly the utility room areas. This is also not limited to access basement crawl spaces and attic crawl spaces.

If access to the attic crawl space is through a walk-in closet, the inspector will request for the closet door to be opened. Every home inspector understands that the examination process is an intrusion into the privacy of your home and will always conduct himself in the most professional and courteous way.

Our goal is to make the entire home inspection process as pleasant as possible.