An essential part of the home buying process is having a home inspection. Tt’s time to schedule an inspection with an experienced home inspector, once your offer is accepted. Buying a home is not a simple event, and you want to make sure everything goes well. As a buyer that might help you get the most out of your home inspection, there are a few things to consider. Though there are considerations from the seller’s perspective, we at JMark Inspections would like to highlight the basics from the buyers’ side of things.
Home Inspection Tips for Buyers
1) Begin the inspection process by hiring a reliable home inspector and make sure to ask about any questions or concerns you have about the home. If you have any specific questions or concerns about your new home, let the expert know before the inspection. Your inspector will answer questions and address any questionable systems or parts of the house.
2) Expect a less than perfect house. Home buyers, particularly first-time buyers, are naturally a little anxious about large purchases. Everyone hopes for smooth transaction but expecting that a home inspection finds zero problems with a house is unreasonable. Most inspection do not always find big and expensive repair items, but there are usually minor issues found. It is best to going in with the mindset that there will be issues found.
3) The attics and garages need to be accessible. Important to being able to assess the condition of the roof are attic inspections. It is common for attic entrances to be in closets that are full of clothes or are hidden in bathroom closets that are impeded by junk. Inspectors contact them and arrange for access to the attic if you’re working with a real estate agent. Make sure that all attic spaces can be accessed if you’re working directly with the seller.
4) Find the age of the roof. It can be challenging during the course of a home inspection to find out how old the roof is. Since roof replacements are expensive repair items, inspectors do the best to inform you of the overall condition of the shingles or other roof covering and it’s always helpful for buyers to know when the last one occurred.
5) Strategize the best way to react to any findings. At the conclusion of the buyer’s home inspection, inspectors will help you understand what potential major repairs are needed. Moderate issues, such as an older furnace or water heater is usually discussed as well. You may be able to obtain credits from the seller or have them make repairs depending on the willingness of the seller to negotiate. Prior to the inspection can make, having a battle plan for how to deal with any problems.
6) The report reception. You usually get the inspector’s report fairly soon. Once you have the written copy, you an get better decide how you want to proceed.