The Inspection

What to Expect

An inspection of property being sold or bought is one of the most commonly performed services in a real estate transaction. The inspector is a non-biased, third party verifier.

It is best, but not required, that the buyer, seller or agent attend the inspection.

The purpose of the inspection is to provide a visual evaluation of the structure and its systems. The inspector will operate visible systems and components using normal operating controls without specialized equipment. Cosmetic flaws are not addressed.

How to get the most out of your home inspection

To get the most out of your inspection, it is vital that all systems and their components such as electrical panels, furnaces, and water heaters be made accessible. An inspector cannot inspect anything that he cannot see or access.

Interior garage walls, attics, and crawlspace openings should be made accessible. Stored items, furnishings, belongings and other obstructions should not block access to them. If an access area is in a closet, clothes and other items should be moved. Under sink cabinet contents should be moved for inspection of plumbing components. It is not required that household items be removed altogether, but rather, they should be moved to provide the needed access. The inspector is not responsible for moving personal belongings and will not do so.

All utilities (electricity, gas and water) must be on. The scope of the inspection is greatly limited if they are not.

The buyer, seller or agent is responsible for making these arrangements prior to the date of the inspection.

Cancellation policy

Any cancellation must be made 48 hours in advance of the appointment. A cancellation fee may apply.

 Signed Agreement

An inspection agreement must be read, completed, signed and dated by the client prior to the inspection. The agreement details the scope of the service and explains our limitations and exclusions. It can be filled out and signed then emailed, faxed (fax: 707-887-8912) or mailed back to A1 Inspection. If there are time constraints, the signed agreement can be presented at the time of the inspection. The inspection cannot begin before the agreement arrives.