The buyer has requested an inspection...what now?

The majority of inspections are scheduled through Centralized Showing Services.  If your listing agent uses this service, then you will be notified when an inspection is scheduled.


Here are just a few tips to prepare for the inspection .


(content includes excerpts from "How to Get Ready for a Home Inspection"  BY ELIZABETH WEINTRAUB Updated August 24, 2018)

Provide adequate workspace

Remove boxes, bookcases, furniture, and anything else blocking access to your furnace, air conditioner, and water heater. The inspector will need three to four feet of working space to inspect these items.

Providing adequate work space around these components will allow for a more thorough inspection.


The inspector needs to get into your attic as well, so keep a path cleared. Ensure the access to the attic is clear of obstructions. 

Pilot lights should be lit

If your pilot lights are not lit, then important items such as the water heater, gas stove, or furnace will not be inspected.  Most inspectors will not light pilot lights for liability reasons.


If these items can not be inspected during the initial visit, the buyer could request a re-inspection at a later date.


Prepare to be away from the home

Often the buyer will meet with the home inspector at the home, and buyers feel uncomfortable asking questions if the owner is present. Plan to be away from the home for approximately 3 hours.  If you have pets, please let your listing agent know if they will be crated or taken with you during the inspection time.  Your agent will in turn provide that information to the inspector.


Leave utilities on

The home inspector will need to turn on the stove, run the dishwasher, and test the furnace and air conditioning, so leave the utilities on, especially if the house is vacant. It's impossible to check receptacles for grounding and reverse polarity if the power is turned off. Without utilities, the inspector will need to reschedule the inspection for the buyer.