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"Location, Location, Location"

It's always recommended that the person for whom the inspection is ordered (the one who has the most to lose), attend the inspection. And, for very good reason.

A General Home Inspection (GHI) can usually be described as a training session for the buyer. This is the time you become familiar with the locations of the various critical system and component shutoffs.

Here are just a few of the items the inspector will point out as you accompany him, and should be printed in the final report:

  • Main Water Service shutoff valve.
  • Electrical Service disconnect and associated panels, main and sub.
  • Natural Gas Service entrance and shutoff valve, if applicable.
  • Gas, Electric, and Water meters.
  • Individual appliance shutoffs or valves, i.e. furnace, water heater, gas oven, gas log fireplace, gas dryer, humidifer water line shutoff, etc.
  • Sump Pump(s), type of pump, and method of maintaining properly.
  • Dryer Vent Hookup, Exterior Vent, and Venting Material.
  • Whole House and Attic Fan switches.
  • Air Conditioning electrical disconnect box.
  • Hot Tub, Whirlpool Tub GFCI reset outlets
  • Refrigerator Ice-Maker supply line shutoff.

At the end of your inspection, you should be able to recall where each one of these systems is located and how to manage it properly. Do not hesitate to ask your inspector to do a refresh. Waiting until you have an issue or an emergency is not the best time to try and remember.