Is this your first time scheduling an appointment with Super Inspection Pros (SIP)? Welcome to the team. There isn’t much you’ll have to do, as our team of licensed and experienced inspectors can take it from there.
6 Helpful Things to Know & Do After Scheduling a Home Inspection
That said, there are a handful of things that are worth knowing as you prepare for your appointment. And, of course, feel free to contact SIP at any time if you have questions or concerns.
1. Let us know of any special circumstances that pose a risk
Please let us know if any special circumstances about your home or yard may pose a potential risk or safety hazard. For example, an unattended dog should be secured before the inspector arrives. You may be surprised to learn that your dog behaves differently when you are home than when you’re not. Unfortunately, we cannot move forward with an inspection if an unattended dog shows any signs of aggressive behavior.
2. Your inspection will take a few hours
Whether you’ve scheduled a 4-point or full home inspection, odds are the inspection will take a few hours. However, even a specific inspection of a single system, such as a roof inspection, may take as long as a full hour, depending on the size of the house and the roof/attic’s status.
As InterNACHI-certified professional inspectors, we’re duty-bound to specific standards of practice and a strict code of ethics. We stand behind our inspection reports, and that means we perform thorough, detailed inspections of your home’s structural and system components. This is not a situation where we whiz through and check off a few points on a list.
If you plan to be present for the inspection, ensure you’ve verified how long the inspection will take so you can be there for the duration.
3. We don’t require your presence
That said, you don’t have to be present for the inspection. While we welcome homeowners’ presence and enjoy teaching them about what we discover or answering their questions about home maintenance, there is no need for you to be there. In that case, we’ll work with the seller’s agent, a neighbor, etc., to gain access to the home.
In many cases, time is of the essence, which is why we guarantee a 24-hour turnaround period. However, we are very flexible and will always find a way to ensure the inspection takes place on a day/time that allows convenient access.
4. Prepared your home for the inspection
Depending on the type of inspection you’ve ordered, we’ll provide you with inspection-specific instructions on preparing your home. For example, we will need to access a range of areas in your home, from the attic and basement to the workspace around your water heater and HVAC systems. If we can’t access these areas because they are blocked or surrounded by furnishings and possessions, we can’t complete the inspection.
Also, ensure the utilities are on if you’ve vacated the premises. The inspector needs to run various appliances, switch lights on/off, verify power to electrical outlets, and so on to complete the inspection report.
If we can’t access specific home systems or features, or the utilities are shut off, we’ll need to reschedule for a future date.
5. You’ll receive an inspection report in 24 hours or less
Our inspection reports happen in real-time. Within just a few minutes of completing our inspection, we’ll provide you and your real estate agent with a complete inspection report. You can also give a copy to your homeowner’s insurance carrier.
The inspection report is divided into different categories depending on whether the issues are major, minor, cosmetic, etc. This helps you and your realtors (as well as the buyer) determine which items may require repair or credit to support the sale. If you’re getting the inspection to negotiate the best price on a homeowner’s insurance premium, the report provides specific information on what needs to be repaired.
6. We can refer you to licensed contractors in the area
Once you’ve scheduled the inspection and received your report, our job is technically done. We’re happy to discuss the report with you in detail, so you understand what’s what.
While our inspectors cannot perform any of the recommended repair work for you due to a conflict of interest, we’re happy to refer you to licensed, reputable contractors in our area. Again, due to the code of ethics we’re bound to, we do not profit in any way from our referrals. Instead, we aim to ensure you have access to high-quality repair and maintenance as needed to optimize the integrity of your home’s structure and systems.