Tips for Attending Inspections
To make sure the home you plan on purchasing is in good repair. The Dawn Thomas Team always recommends that our buyers have their own inspections performed as well as be in attendance during each inspection.
Being at the property while the inspectors are conducting their work allows you to ask questions, see the problems at hand, if any, and fully comprehend what are major concerns versus minor issues.
The inspections that are required vary by the residence. Depending upon the home, you may need only a property inspection or it may be worthwhile to schedule a full range of inspections, including termite/pest, roof, and chimney – as well as solar, pool, foundation, and septic – depending upon the house in question.
Though these will be out of pocket expenses for you, it is important to remember that these inspections could also be saving you a tremendous amount of money should they disclose an extensive problem. This due diligence will give you peace of mind that the home you are buying has been well maintained.
Below are tips to get the most from attending each of your home inspections.
- Property inspections of condominiums take about 1-2 hours while a single-family home can run 2 to 3 hours, depending on the square footage.
- The inspector may want you to take a peek in the attic or beneath the house. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear that you don’t mind getting dirty.
- A clean inspection report doesn’t guarantee that you will never have issues with the house. Remember that the inspectors can only examine what is visible. They are unable to see things such as electrical or plumbing inside walls.
- To ensure you understand each issue the inspector uncovers, ask them clarifying questions.
- Keep in mind that the goal of every inspection is to identify any safety or structural concerns as well as pinpoint necessary repairs, not minor cosmetic issues.
- Bring your checkbook. Many inspectors prefer to be paid at the time of service, though there are some that will allow you to pay with a credit card or accept payment in escrow (though often at a slightly higher price).
You can also take advantage of the home inspections for the following:
- If you want to take measurements for furniture placement, the inspection is a great time to do so. Bring a tape measure and paper so you can jot down the needed details. We also suggest taking pictures for reference.
- If you are planning on having work done after you move in and wish to obtain quotes in advance, schedule the vendors to arrive during the inspection period.
- You can bring family and friends to the inspection if desired. It is a good time for them to see the home and provide insights and guidance.
The inspection report will typically be emailed 2 or 3 business days after the on-site visit. Once received, Dawn will schedule a time to review the reports with you, letting you know if she feels there is anything that requires attention or renegotiation with the sellers.
Now, let’s discuss in more detail how to decipher the inspection reports.