When you’re buying a home, a good home inspection is critical for making an informed decision. As a home buyer, there are many things you can do to ensure that your inspection is as thorough as possible.
Be There For the Home Inspection
Being present for the home inspection is a great way to get input on the home inspector’s findings. Many home inspectors will provide feedback and a running commentary about the issues that they uncover in the house. Some home inspectors will even provide information about maintenance of specific systems, which can help homeowners once they’ve moved into their property.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions of the home inspector as he or she records the findings. Knowing how your home inspector arrives at specific conclusions can help you decide how serious a problem is and what action to take next.
Have a List of Questions Prepared
Perhaps you’ve noticed a little wood rot, a small stain or a crack that concerns you. There’s a good chance that your home inspector will notice the same thing, however, having questions about these problems written down will ensure that you’ll remember to ask when you meet with the inspector.
Find Out What the Inspection Doesn’t Cover
Although most home inspections will be quite thorough, there are some home features that inspectors just don’t cover. Sewers, fireplaces, pools and chimneys are all examples of parts of the house that home inspectors may not address or cover thoroughly in their inspection.
When the inspection is scheduled, talk directly to your home inspector to find out what his or her inspection will and won’t cover. To have the other systems of the home inspected, you may need to contact contractors in the area who have experience repairing the other parts of the home. It’s important to contact reputable contractors for this to ensure that the inspection is thorough and that the results they give are honestly presented.
Know What to Do With a Scary Home Inspection
The more thorough that a home inspection is, the more scary the report is likely to be. Almost all homes will have problems, and the harder the home inspector looks, the more likely he or she will uncover damage. Knowing how to deal with this information can help you make the most of your home inspection.
- Put it into perspective. Be prepared to see some disconcerting information on your home inspection. Home inspectors are required to tell the homeowners when there is a perceivable problem with the home, even if that problem can be lived with for many years.
- Know when to be concerned. Some parts of the house can be very expensive to repair. In particular, sewer, roof and foundation problems are problematic can cost many thousands of dollars to fix. If one of these systems is reported to have a problem, take action to get a bid for repair as soon as possible. You may need to renegotiate the contract with the home buyer.
- Stay in contact with your home inspector if you have questions. Most home inspectors will answer questions from buyers even after the home inspection has been written and turned in. If you have questions after reading the report, feel free to contact your home inspector with any follow up questions you may have.
Work With Your Real Estate Agent
Your real estate agent can recommend home inspectors who have a reputation for excellence in the business. To find a home inspector who meets your needs, talk to your real estate professional today.