The home inspector will talk to you about the problems they see in the home and what you will need to have repaired. This will make it so it’s not a surprise to you when you get the home inspection report. If repairs are needed, we then can discuss which things you want to ask the seller to repair or replace before agreeing to purchase the home.
Ask Questions During the Inspection
You should also make sure to ask questions during the inspection. The inspector has been hired by you for you, and they should be able to tell you the state of the home without a bias. Some questions you may want to ask during the inspection are:
How bad is it?
Ask the inspector if the problem is dire, or if you could fix it later on while living in the home. The inspector should never try to make you scared or worried. They should tell you honestly how long they think something will last and when you should have it repaired. If they say it needs to be fixed ASAP, listen to them, but also don’t be afraid to get an expert’s opinion in whichever system or appliance they’re inspecting.
What would you fix?
Ask the inspector the most pressing issue that you need to have fixed or have your seller fix by asking them what they would repair first if this was their home. Depending on what they say, you can determine what your next step should be.
Can you show me how (x) works?
The inspection isn’t just a time where you see the home’s flaws, it’s also a step-by-step guide to how your home works. Don’t be afraid to ask how certain systems and appliances work.
How much time is left in (x)?
The inspector should be able to give you a rough estimate as to how long you have left on certain parts of your home. This isn’t a guarantee, but it can help you plan for the long-term repairs by either getting a home warranty to protect your home or by saving for those things that home insurance will have to cover.
*It is impossible to inspect every square inch of every area of a home in a limited time frame. A home
inspection is designed to reflect, as accurately as possible, the visible condition of the home at the time of the inspection only and does NOT reflect, anticipate or predict future conditions. Conditions at a home for sale can change radically in only a day or two, so a home inspection is not meant to guarantee what condition a home will be in when the transaction closes.
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