Do you remember the last time that you took an important test? How did you feel before, during, and after?

Knowing what to expect from a building inspection can make anyone nervous and irritable. You can’t study for this test to improve your score.

But the good news is that you can do something even better than that. You get to take action and set yourself up for a successful building inspection.

But how does that happen? Keep reading to find out whether you need old or new build home inspection tips.

What Do Inspectors Check Out?

With an inspection in your future, the first thing anyone wants to understand is what it will covers. While the details may vary depending on the circumstances, you may expect the following to receive a thorough inspection:

  • Walls
  • Doors
  • Roofing
  • Ceilings
  • Flooring
  • Windows
  • Basement
  • Attic space
  • Foundation
  • HVAC system

Whether you’re the buyer or the seller, lists like this tend to remain the same unless otherwise requested. InterNACHI, or the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, provides example checklists for professionals to consider.

How Do You Prep for a Building Inspection?

Understanding how the professionals will judge your property is critical to a successful sale. While this doesn’t represent a comprehensive list, start with these proven building inspection tips:

  • Replace burned-out lightbulbs
  • Replace your furnace return filter
  • Check your roof for any signs of wear and tear
  • Ensure that your doors open and close properly
  • Remove any clutter from the exterior of the building
  • Clean the interior of the property from top to bottom
  • Prep for easy access to the attic, basement, crawlspaces, etc.
  • Turn on any pilot lights that were previously turned off for the winter

As the buyer, your priority is to share what you want to see out of the inspection process. Whether you’re selling or buying, it’s worth your time to build your own inspection checklist before calling contractors.

What Questions Should You Ask an Inspector?

This list of questions applies to individuals who want to sell a property or purchase. Before you hire anyone, you may want to consider asking the following questions:

  • Do they have experience with your type of property?
  • How long have they been a building inspector?
  • Can they provide local references?
  • What certifications and business bona fides have they earned?

These core questions should get the conversation moving nicely with anyone for an old or new building inspection. But don’t forget to take the time to make your own.

What Should You Do Next?

Now that you have an understanding of the building inspection process, what should you do now? How do you apply what you’ve learned and take the next steps?

Ideally, start creating a checklist that meets the needs of the property. Research established organizations and how they approach the process to find out what makes you feel comfortable. Whether you’re selling your home or a commercial property, the same level of planning should apply.

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