The home inspection is then vital time for homeowners to understand and learn as much about their property as possible. We recommend an urge all homebuyers to have a professional home inspection from someone that is skilled and experienced as well as licensed and bonded. In order for our home buyers to get the most out of their inspections, it’s important to listen, ask questions and even take notes. Here are some key points to know in order to make the most of your home inspection.
#1. Understand what to expect from your home inspector.
As a real estate agent, we can recommend an inspector, however, it is your decision on whom you choose. You may get recommendations from your mortgage lender, attorney or even a friend. You want to check out the inspector’s credentials and reputation and ask how many inspections they’ve actually completed. Verify that your home inspector will provide a written report after the inspection and asked to see a sample report and how long it will take until you receive your inspection report.
#2. Prepare for your inspection.
We urge all homebuyers to attend the inspection to learn how to best take care of their new home. Before the inspection, you can look over the interior and exterior of the property for potential problems in order to ask your inspector questions upon review. Look for dark spots in the basement, wet spots under sinks, odd or mold the smells and odors and review the sellers disclosure form for any items that need to be carefully inspected.
#3. What you can do during the inspection.
The inspector will look for major issues such as foundation problems, a leaky roof, electrical or plumbing issues but you’ll also want to ask key questions during the inspection. These include knowing where the water shut off valve is, the gas shut off and how to properly maintain the property. Home inspectors can also offer tips on the life expectancy of particular appliances and materials.
If the inspector finds issues that are of grave concern it’s best to discuss how to proceed with your real estate broker or agent. Attending the inspection is crucial to understanding as much as you can about your new home. Know what to expect, ask questions and be prepared to review the report with your agent.
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