The initiation of a home inspection happens rather quickly after a buyer signs their Purchase Contract—closing is usually 30 to 45 days from the signing date. Which means you have about a month to have the home inspected and handle other aspects of closing (such as a home appraisal, submitting financials to your lender, packing your belongings, etc.). Things can easily become hectic in this time frame, so we recommend getting the home inspection done as soon as possible after signing your Purchase Contract.
Your buyer’s agent will help keep you on track and the inspectors are Acusystem Inspections work diligently to help our clients meet their scheduling needs. We are available by phone 24/7 to schedule home inspections and in most cases are able to come at a convenient time and day for our clients—including on weekends if necessary.
It is also important to ensure you schedule your home inspection in a timely manner. Should any issues arise that you negotiate repairs for, an early inspection date will provide your seller ample time to handle your request without having to push back the final closing date.
Other Tips to Help Prevent Inspection Delays
Your buyer’s agent will work to assist you with the following, especially for any checklist items that require the assistance of the seller or their real estate agent.
Confirm the following:
All utilities (gas, water, and electric) are turned on. Lighting, water pressure, and appliances are tested and without utilities on, some aspects of a home may not be able to be thoroughly tested.
Pilot lights are lit. If utilities are on and have been, then this may not be a concern; however, it is best to double check to prevent any delays in the inspection or areas that cannot be inspected.
Electrical panels can be easily accessed. This includes not being locked or blocked by furniture. This is a big part of the inspection and testing of the electrical systems.
Full home inspector accessibility to all necessary parts of the home. This means the attic, crawlspaces, garage, shed, etc. are not blocked by furniture, locks, shelving, boxes of belongings, etc.
Water heater is accessible. We can’t iterate this enough! Even if the homeowner may not need frequent access, we do in order to fully complete our inspection.
HVAC system is accessible. This includes the AC handle (usually somewhere indoors) and the unit outside.
Appliances are accessible and ready to operate. We won’t be doing the dishes or a load of laundry but we will be testing out the major appliances and noting if any are non-functioning, leaking, or have other concerns.
Pools/Spas/Jacuzzis are filled, accessible, and ready to operate. Home inspections include the review of these areas and the testing of the systems. While security gates are important, access is necessary for a home inspection.
Pets are removed or in a secure location. We love pets! But we know many pets are protective of their home and their owners, so it is best for any and all pets to be off-property or secured in a crate or by other means that would not interfere with the inspection process or pose a threat/harm to the inspector, client, realtor(s), others, or the animal itself.
It is important to note that home inspectors do not move personal property. It’s a liability thing—and a respect for the homeowner and their property thing. So, be sure to check with your agent/the seller to have the make sure all personal property is out of the way for the inspection process.
For more information about the extent of the home inspection process, the responsibilities of a home inspector, the responsibility of the homeowner or client, or the Standard of Practice we adhere by, you can review the State Of Florida Home Inspection Standards Of Practice HERE.