The property inspector will need to be able to see what’s being inspected, of course, so the first and most basic thing to do is to make the home and garage accessible and visible. For people trying to move, some areas under the roof, such as the garage or a spare bedroom, may be packed full of boxes and other stuff, so this may come as a surprise. Anything inaccessible or covered up will need to be excluded from the inspection and report, often causing pest inspectors in particular to call for “an unknown further inspection” with a cost for a return visit being levied too.
Room by Room
Because most Silicon Valley homes do not have basements to serve for storage, garages tend to accumulate a lot of stuff. In some cases, the walls cannot be visible due to built in storage cabinets, work benches, etc. But for non built-in items, such as boxes, it is best to either move them out of the garage for the inspection or at the very least, place them in the center of the floor so that the inspectors can view the walls, particularly where they meet the floor. Automobiles should be moved out for the inspection too.
This same principle is also true for the outdoors with anything which might be stacked up against the house under the eaves. The walls need to be seen.
Indoors, if the property is built on a raised perimeter foundation with a crawl space (not a slab foundation), the access hatch needs to be accessible. (more…)