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Electric Panel Box Access, Or Not

Electric panel box access, or not.

During a home inspection it is important to be able to get to everything.

The idea is to inspect systems and components!

Not only could I not get near to the electric panel box in this garage, but could barely get AROUND the garage!

The furnace and water heater were similarly buried.

The garage door opener did not turn on when I pushed the button, but I could not even get to the garage door to test it manually.

Home inspections are for the buyers to see the condition of systems and components in the house.  Things need to be tested.

So what happens now?  The sellers will be asked to have an electrician check the electrical system, an HVAC professional to check that system, and a plumber to check what could not be investigated by the home inspector.  They will be asked to provide invoices for all those evaluations.

My recommendation:  it is always easier to provide the means for the home inspector to do his job.  If not there are seller expenses they perhaps may not have anticipated.  When this has happened in the past the sellers have said they will clean things out so the home inspector can come back to do another inspection.  And they expected the home inspector to come for free.  Um, no.  He has already done his job.

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 10 commentsJay Markanich • May 03 2017 09:44AM

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If you can't get to the electrical box or other equipment, you can't test it. Ensuring full access to everything has to happen BEFORE you get there!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) 5 months ago

Each of us encounters frustrations in our daily tasks. Now I know one of yours. I am sure there are many others!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty One Group) 5 months ago

Great advice!!!

It is always easier to provide the means for the home inspector to do his job.  If not there are seller expenses they perhaps may not have anticipated.  When this has happened in the past the sellers have said they will clean things out so the home inspector can come back to do another inspection

Posted by Sham Reddy, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) 5 months ago

Accessibility is everything. Sellers should be informed what to expect for a home inspection and have the property ready for that. The listing agents have to convey that.

Posted by Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) 5 months ago

And that's why we show up, Kat!  As you know...

Sandy - so often I am having to move stuff to get somewhere.  This was just a bit much!

Sham - thanks for stopping by as always.  But what do you think?

Fred - I agree.  This starts with the listing agent to prep the sellers for our visit.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 5 months ago

What? Not up for mountain climbing? There might have been equipment in there somewhere! 

Posted by Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS, Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513 (Front Gate Real Estate) 5 months ago

Indeed, Pat!  And the mountain was full of deer!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 5 months ago

This is a picture I have seen too often in real estate and that also includes mechanical closets.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 5 months ago

Just build a bridge out of surf boards, take a right at the deer skull and you're there!

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) 5 months ago

Joe - I see that picture a few times a week!

Stephen - as a Boy Scout I was real good at compass and map reading.  Do I go north or east at the deer?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 5 months ago

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