Attending the home inspection is critical to ensuring that your financial investment into the home is worth your hard-earned dollars. You will want to make sure you can attend the entire inspection. This is your time to rid yourself of any doubts you may have with the property. We will be there right by your side to help, but if you’d like to bring friends and family to help you make sure you ask all the questions you should about the property, please do. Just make sure you can keep focused on the home inspection.
It is important to remember that the goal of the home inspection is to unveil any issues with 1) health and safety, 2) significant deficiencies, and 3) maintenance issues. Please feel free to write notes and take photos, while listening carefully to the inspector to get a sense of what repairs are more necessary and urgent than others. The inspection report is often very detailed and extensive. Keeping track of any comments during the inspection will help us significantly in deciphering the inspection report later and help you select which, if any, repairs you’d like to see addressed by the seller. Keep in mind, that unless this is a newly constructed property, our goal is to ensure that the home is safe and in working condition. It is not to identify repairs that will transform the home into brand new condition.
This will likely be the only time that you will be allowed in the home prior to the final walk through. If you want to bring a tape measure to take room measurements to plan out furniture, feel free. If you want to invite friends or family members to take a look, that’s fine too. Lastly, if you’d like to have a contractor provide you an assessment and estimate on future work they can come as well. Keep in mind that condo inspections generally take two hours and single-family home inspections take 3-4 hours. All visitors must be out of the property once the inspection is complete. Just remind them that you will be focused on the home inspection.
A couple of reminders:
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that can get dirty as the inspector may ask you to crawl in the basement or get up on the attic to see any problems.
Before the inspection, download and bring this checklist. While the inspector is conducting the inspection, your job is to check off each item on the list. You’ll also want to bring a tape measure and camera. Any moments that you are waiting, you can take photos and measurements of each room to help you plan your furniture or decor layout and any quick fixes such as shelving and painting.
The inspector isn’t psychic. They can only see obvious defects and cannot see what is going on inside the walls with plumbing, electrical, etc. Therefore, having a clean inspection report doesn’t mean you won’t ever have a problem with a home. It just means what can be seen seems to be in good condition.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions of the inspector, especially if you don’t understand what they are explaining to you. It’s crucial you understand each issue and whether it’s a minor issue or an expensive repair.
Unless you pre-paid while scheduling the inspection, bring your checkbook with you as most inspectors require payment at the end of the inspection.
Inspection reports are generally emailed to you within two days after the inspection. As soon as you get the inspection report be sure to email it to us. As soon as we are done reviewing it, we’ll contact you to discuss any items we want to ask the seller to fix or give a closing cost credit to repair after closing.