Congratulations! Your offer for your dream home was just accepted! Now what? Now comes appraisals, insurance, finalizing the mortgage, and getting a home inspection. The home inspection can be daunting, especially for first time buyers, but it doesn't have to be. Here are 5 tips to help buyers navigate the home inspection.
Attend the inspection
Being present for the inspection allows the inspector to explain the context of the findings. The inspection report will contain the findings as well but sometimes the report makes things seem worse than they really are.
Bring a notepad!
While your inspector is performing the inspection, go around the home and write down your questions and concerns. Your home inspector should take the time before, during, and after the inspection to address any questions or concerns you may have.
Bring a measuring tape!
You don’t want to buy a brand new refrigerator just to get it home to find out it doesn't fit. The home inspection is the perfect time for you to take measurements of bedrooms or to measure the windows for blinds. Just remember to bring your measuring tape (or ask if you can borrow one of ours, we have plenty!)
Read the whole report, not just the summary page
A home inspection is more than a summary page or a list of defects, it paints an overall picture of the home and contains valuable information such as the location of the water and gas shut off valves.
Request documentation/proof of completed repairs
After repair requests are made and finished, be sure to ask the seller for documentation of completed repairs. This allows you to make sure repairs are done properly and by qualified and licensed contractors or professionals.