Since a home inspection is a visual examination, the inspector can only report on what they see. If clutter limits the field of inspection, he or she will have to report these limitations to the potential purchasers. Homeowners should make sure that the home is neat, tidy and free of clutter.
Home inspectors should also be able to easily access the basement walls and floor, all major home systems and the attic.
If your seller owns pets, the inspector should be informed of this. Homeowners might want to confine their pets to one area of the house to prevent them from disrupting the inspection.
Ask your seller if their home has recently undergone upgrades or repairs. If so, warranties and documentation should be provided. Buyers could also be given documentation, such as building permits and service records.
The potential buyer and their real estate agent should be present during the home inspection; however your seller should not. They may feel uncomfortable during the inspection because it is a very thorough inspection of their home – usually about 2.5 to 3.5 hours.