Originally Posted By: jfarsetta
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You’ll do fine! First think I always do is to meet the client, and help set expectations. The biggest expectation you need to set is that you’re not clairvoiant and you don’t have x-ray eyes. There is no way to see through walls or to know everything that was ever wrong or that will ever go wrong with the house. Next thing is to have them sign a pre-inspection agreement. If you dont have one, I’ll e-mail you one or use the one NACHI suggests (on the site).
Next thing is to meet the seller. Tell them what you'll be looking at and about how long it will take. Ask them to remove anything from the oven and stove, as you'll be turning them on. Ask them if they want to add soap to the DW, as you'll be running that too. Try and ask them if they can tell you a little bit about the home. How long they've been there. Did they ever have a major repair done (roof, heat, AC, etc) Had they ever added on to the house, and if so, did they get a permit. If they did, have them provide a copy to the BUYERS AGENT, not you.
Be calm, stary in one place and go on. I usually start the DW and hang out for a couple of minutes (make sure there's no obvious leaks). I usually move to the outside. You know... roof, gutters, downspouts, insects (check the sill with a mirror, exterior, sills (use an awl to check for rot), hose bibs, vegetation too close to house, etc. Move inside and ro room to room, check windows, cracks, smoke alarms, outlets, etc.
Make a checklist. If you need one, let me know.
Take notes. Don't try to do a report on-site. You'll be fine...