A home inspection can seem daunting, especially for first-time buyers and sellers who don’t have much experience with the process. But, if you know what to expect, it can make this crucial step seem much less scary.
Let’s look at 10 things home inspectors want you to know:
Keep pathways clear in order to access attics/crawlspaces, electrical panels, HVAC components, water heaters and the like as home inspectors do not move personal property or belongings.
While most buyers are present during the inspection, it is generally preferred that sellers are not. This is the time for the buyer to familiarize themselves with the home and be able to ask blunt questions about the condition of the property. By being present, the seller robs the buyer of the opportunity to speak freely and openly with the inspector about any concerns or issues.
This is a requirement of the purchase contract and will assist us in completing the entire inspection at the scheduled time and prevent return visits to the property which will include additional fees which are frequently passed on to the seller.
Take measures to kennel, cage, or otherwise remove pets. We are all pet lovers and do not want any harm that could potentially come to the pet, the inspector or others present at the inspection.
During any inspection there will be problems, repairs, or maintenance items to list, regardless of when the home was built.
An experienced home inspector will provide an in-depth analysis of your new home, documenting any visible deficiencies which are found. However, your inspector can’t predict the future. Repairs and maintenance are just par for the course when it comes to being a homeowner.
Of course you’re excited about your new home, and it’s understandable that you want to show it off to friends and family, but the inspection is not the time. Your inspector is there to do an important job, and a crowd of people can be distracting.
When a deficiency is reported, it is your responsibility and, in your interest, to obtain further evaluations and/or cost estimates from qualified service professionals.
Inspection day will probably make you see the house differently than before as this is likely your first “analytical” look at the home. Being prepared for this slight change in perspective will make the process much easier.
While attendance is not mandatory and there are certainly situations when you simply cannot attend, the best way to get the most out of your inspection is to be there and be an active participant. Even if you can’t make it for the entire inspection, we recommend showing up for the last 30 minutes in order to go over the findings with the Inspector.