Preparing for your home inspection

To ensure a positive and beneficial experience for everyone involved in your real estate transaction, we ask that you or the real estate professionals involved in the transaction speak with the property owner/occupant in advance of the inspection date and explain that:

    The Inspector will need clear access to the HVAC system, the water heater, the crawlspace/basement, the attic, and the electrical panel.
    All utility valves/connections (water, electric, gas, pilot lights, etc.) should be in the “On”/operating position to ensure that the Inspector can conduct a complete inspection.
    Personal belongings of the property owner/occupant (particularly storage items in closets and cabinets) should be positioned to ensure that Inspector access to wall, floor and/or ceiling areas is not impeded.
    Security systems should be disabled during the inspection(s) and reengaged when the inspection services conclude.
    Pets should be secured and out of the way during the inspection(s).
    United States Environmental Protection Agency “closed house conditions” will need to be observed if radon testing and/or mold screening services are to be conducted.

At CEC International, we understand that real estate is an important and expensive purchase decision for our clients. This is why we encourage client involvement throughout the inspection process. We urge our clients to attend the inspection so they can accompany our Inspector and observe the methods and techniques used to conduct the inspection. We also urge our clients to set aside sufficient time to read through and ask any questions they may have about the inspection findings and report materials issued by CEC International.

Our objective in reporting inspection findings is to provide our clients with the information they need to make an informed purchasing decision. Toward this end, the point we emphasize with our clients, above all others, is that home inspection services customary in a residential real estate transaction are very limited in scope. Our Inspectors do not “pass” or “fail” a property, nor can CEC International protect clients against every potential risk associated with the purchase and ownership of real estate. Rather, our Inspectors educate clients about building systems and components, and they seek to identify and accurately report on material facts or conditions that affect the construction, general maintenance, and overall safety of a building and its surrounding areas.

We do not make light of the exclusions and limitations inherent with general home and other inspection services offered by CEC International. At the same time, we absolutely believe that the inspection services conducted by CEC International will provide our clients with valuable insight into the condition of a building and its surrounding areas, and a starting point for addressing visible building deficiencies and defects. Therefore, in offering our services to the public, we remind our clients that they need to consider the importance of each inspection finding against the reality that there is no such thing as a flawless property.

Finally, we understand that the inspection process can be stressful on all parties to a real estate transaction. In an effort to minimize stress levels, we remind our clients that CEC International is typically hired after a seller and a prospective purchaser have agreed in principle on the general terms of a real estate transaction. Therefore, we take a balanced and non-adversarial approach in conducting inspection services and preparing inspection findings. Our Inspectors will comment on defects and positive attributes of a building, and they will report inspection findings in the proper perspective, that is, defects will be reported in a straightforward manner without blowing them out of proportion or “sugar coating” them. We recognize that additional negotiations between a seller and a prospective purchaser are often the byproduct of home inspection services. However, with the above points in mind, we discourage our clients from using the inspection process or the inspection findings as the basis for placing unreasonable demands upon a property owner. We also discourage our clients from solely using or relying upon the inspection findings in making the decision as to whether or not they should complete a real estate transaction.

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