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Know what to expect

Pre-Inspection Check List

 The inspector will be checking many components and systems of your potential home and they will be on a tight schedule. Therefore, it is important that the home is ready for inspection. As our client, you will want to be sure to have all the major systems/components in the home inspected. These systems must be operable and accessible during the inspection of your potential home. If any system is not operable or accessible, we will note this in the inspection report. 

  • Expect the inspection to take at least 2-3 hours for the average home. Larger homes, homes may take longer. 
  • The utilities: electric, water and gas (if applicable) should be on for a minimum of 24 hours. 
  • We recommend that the heating/cooling thermostat(s) be set to normal operating conditions before the inspection. This will help to ensure an accurate test of the heating/cooling system.
  • The seller must provide clear access to all areas of the home: interior, exterior, garage, closets, basements, crawlspaces, etc. Clear/remove non-visible or highly congested areas, including the attic, garage and storage areas. Ensure there is clear access to the attic access spaces, mechanical equipment, water heaters and interior electric panels. Ensure that the attic access doors, utility room doors, storage room doors, etc. can be opened. 
  • The seller must cover/protect/remove clothing and personal items near attic access areas. Often debris falls from the attic access when opened. 
  • Pilot lights and manual gas valves should be on at all functional gas appliances i.e. gas water heaters, gas furnaces, gas ovens/ranges/cook tops, gas fireplaces, etc. (if applicable).  We will not light any pilot lights.
  • The dishwasher will be run through a typical wash cycle during the inspection. 
  • Be prepared for the inspector to operate the following: kitchen appliances, heating/cooling systems, all doors and windows, overhead garage doors, all plumbing fixtures, interior doors, exterior doors, windows, switches, outlets, ceiling fans.

Record Home Inspections has been proudly providing high-quality Home Inspections services to residential and commercial customers in New Jersey since 2007.

We inspect all the major elements of the home. We will answer any questions you might have and then provide you with a comprehensive detailed inspection report.