Property Inspections for Buyers and Sellers

As a buyer or seller of real estate, you have a lot riding on a property inspection. Get an impartial, detailed inspection report you can trust from Sunrise Inspections. Sunrise offers decades of first hand experience with properties and homes in Southern California. After thousands of inspections in the southland, we are confident that we offer the best product in the business. Experienced buyers and sellers know that a Sunrise property inspection report gives them the accurate information they need to make an informed decision about a property.

Be Prepared!

Remember to be prepared for your property inspection so that the inspection can be completed. In California the following rules apply:

“Seller shall make the property available for all buyer investigations. Seller shall have water, gas, electricity and all operable pilot lights on for Buyer’s investigations and through the date possession is made available to Buyer.”

(Excerpt from: Paragraph 9B of the California Association of Realtors® California Residential Purchase Agreement) CREIA, the California Real Estate Inspection Association, offers a checklist to help prepare for a property inspection. Read it below or click here to download a printable version.

There will be additional fees if Sunrise has to come back out for a re-inspection if the property is not accessible, or if the property cannot be fully inspected on the first appointment.

  • All utilities are on
  • Pilot lights are lit (The gas provider will usually light pilots at no cost to the owner)
  • Attic access is clear of clothing or stored items
  • Crawl space entrances are not blocked or nailed in place
  • Water heaters are accessible
  • Electrical panels are accessible and not locked (Electrical sub-panels inside the home are often painted and removing the cover will mar the finish. The seller’s agent should ask the seller to grant permission to the inspector to remove the panel cover to look for life/safety issues)
  • Furnaces are accessible
  • Sinks, showers and bathtubs are clear of dishes or personal items
  • Built-in appliances are free of stored items and can be operated
  • Areas or items to be inspected are freely accessible
  • Pets are secured (Unsecured animals should be removed from the property or secured in an area that will not need to be inspected if the seller (or occupant) will not be present)