Occupied vs Vacant Homes
As far as the inspection goes, it’s generally better to have a vacant home. This is because the inspector has full access to the home and all of its interior and exterior surfaces. However, vacant homes see more intrusion of insects and rodents because there is no one there making the normal noise of living to ward them off, putting down pesticides, or calling a pest control company. They also can be in greater disrepair since no one is there constantly seeing what needs to be repaired. For these homes, a thorough home inspection coupled with a termite inspection is recommended.
Occupied homes, on the other hand, have many belongings and furnishings that make inspecting some areas impossible and others difficult. Things not inspected could include some windows, many outlets, large areas of flooring and walls. They do, however, tend to be better maintained and show fewer signs of pest inhabitation.
Whether a home is vacant or occupied, new or old, no home is perfect. So, every home needs a great inspection to identify any major issues. If you or someone you know is buying a home and would like even more peace of mind, Panther Inspections has many inspection types to make the home buying process a little easier.