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Getting the Most From Your Home Inspection

When Southern Comfort Services performs your home inspection we will be looking at several hundred items from the roof down to the foundation. Various conditions can enhance or impair the inspection process. We want to do the best job possible for you.  

Be there if at all possible, it will help you understand the written report. Seeing what the inspector sees can make their discoveries more understandable. You may have some concerns based on your initial walk through. Let your inspector know your concerns before the start of the inspection or call the office ahead of time so we can be best prepared. If a concern arises during the inspection, it would be best to bring it to the inspector’s attention at the end of the inspection when the inspector is reviewing the report with you. Otherwise, you may distract the inspector.

Distractions hurt. You should understand, when we say that it is important for you to be there. Please keep in mind though, that if you or your Uncle Joe diverts the inspector's attention away from inspecting, it increases the chances of missing something important. Do not monopolize the inspector's time--provide a little breathing room for looking and recording. A comfortable role for you at the inspection lies somewhere between an inquiring shadow and a perceptive wallflower. Do not worry; the inspector will point out important findings on-site and follow-up with a detailed report.

Accessibility counts. The inspector would like to look at as many things as possible. If you know that something important-such as an attic access, an electric panel, or a furnace is blocked, ask your agent to see if it is possible to have access available for the inspection. Your inspector is not allowed to move furniture or remove wall coverings; this is a non-invasive inspection.

Home vacant? Be sure that all utilities are on. Outlets, furnaces, water heaters, built-in dishwashers, and plumbing evaluations all require those all-important utilities to be on. Southern Comfort Services must charge for return trips necessitated by shut down utilities or other lack of access. Again, you can help get the best inspection by requesting all utilities be turned on and pilot lights lit.

Background helps paint the picture. Disclosure statements, repair and replacement bills, and a maintenance history are always helpful information. If you have any of this information, share it with us before or at the beginning of the inspection. It will enhance your inspector's effectiveness.