As you know, spring is upon us and many vacant homes are still winterized. As a friendly reminder, it is not the responsibility of the home inspector to de-winterize a home in order to conduct an inspection. Insurance providers prohibit inspectors from operating control valves of any kind, as there are multiple liability issues that can occur if this policy is not adhered to. Therefore, prior to scheduling an inspection for any home, please verify that all utilities will be on.
I realize this procedure may add more costs to the overall process, but it will also prevent return trips, and insure a timely, complete home inspection.
Thank you for your time, and thank you in advance for your cooperation.