How To Get The Most Out of Your Home Inspection

Dated: October 23 2020

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A home inspection will give a buyer the opportunity to find any major issues with a house before finalizing the sale. An inspector will approach a home from an unbiased and neutral perspective, checking the roofing, the wiring, the plumbing, the HVAC, etc., for issues big and small. Getting the most out of your inspection also depends on you being an active participant by being present for the duration of the inspection and also asking questions about anything that you’re not sure about. Below, 5 examples of questions that you may have during your home’s inspection that you may want to ask your inspector.

“What’s the overall condition of the house?” Is the home turnkey and move-in ready? A fixer-upper? Somewhere in the middle needing some cosmetic updates, and has ‘good bones’? Asking this question will give you a broad picture of what you’re purchasing.

“What’s the process to get ‘x’ fixed?” Whether a major or minor repair, when something needing repair is discovered during an inspection, finding out the steps to have it fixed will give some perspective on what it will take to resolve.

“If this was your house, what would you fix first?” Have a lot of to-dos show up on your inspection? Where do you start? This questions may help to focus on what should be done sooner rather than later.

“Can you show me how ‘x’ works?” How do you shut off the water to the house? How do you open the flue? How do you run the dishwasher? How do you add salt to the water softener and change the filter? Any house will have its different nuances, and becoming more familiar with the house during the inspection will make it feel like home that much sooner.

“How much usable life does ‘x’ have?” Get an estimate of when something will need to be replaced, or when the warranty ends for things like appliances, the roof, or the hot water heater.

You can never know by looking at a house about its condition. While you may have seen dozens of houses before finally putting in an offer and having the offer accepted, the truth is you don’t know all the much about the house that you’re purchasing at all, until you have a home inspection, of course.

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Melissa and Todd Rolland

Melissa Rolland is a real estate salesperson, accredited home stager and has been a real estate investor for over a decade, helping hundreds of homeowners buy houses, sell houses, and invest in real e....

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