HOME INSPECTION (Real Estate Jargon) is a non-invasive visual examination of a residential dwelling, performed for a fee, which is designed to identify observed material defects within specific components of said dwelling, this according to the upstatecertifiedhomeinspections.com
Home inspectors not only identify problems with houses; they can give buyers information that will help them with the upkeep.
Agents ought to teach their clients how to maintain the property because it’s the biggest investment they’ll ever make.
If you’re getting a home inspection, here are five mistakes to avoid.
Not Researching the Inspector
Too many buyers and sellers hire whoever is recommended to them without doing any research. The inspection is only as good as the inspector doing it. You want a certified professional who stays current. You’re looking for an inspector who can analyze the home’s strengths and weaknesses, then explain them.
Not Attending the Inspection
Being present for the inspection may not be mandatory, but it’s a smart idea. Simply reading the inspection report isn’t enough to give most homeowners the full picture. The inspection might take an entire morning or afternoon, so set aside enough time. Some inspectors will sit with you afterward to explain things and answer questions. A good inspector can give you an estimate of how much you’ll need to spend on repairs and upgrades, which is very valuable information as you consider your budget.
Not Reading the Inspection Report
Too many buyers and sellers just glance at the inspection report. You need someone who uses “clear, concise” language in person and in written reports.
A knowledgeable pro will state simply what’s wrong with the house and what it will take to fix.
Not Getting a Presale Inspection
Many sellers decide to leave the presale inspection to the buyers. That’s a mistake. When the buyers get an inspection (and if they’re smart, they will), the sellers may have little time to complete repairs and keep the sale on track. But if the seller has the home inspected before putting it on the market, he has more time to do repairs and to shop around and control his costs for the work,
Not Prepping the Home
Inspectors get annoyed when homeowners don’t prepare their houses for inspection. Got a lock on a utility closet, basement or shed? The inspector needs access, so open it or provide keys. For a seller, the best tack is to be at home to meet the inspector, introduce yourself, provide your mobile number, and then you can take off.
A proper home inspection is your best defense against buying a property that will be a home improvement nightmare and a great way to get your money’s worth.
It’s best to keep these things in mind on your next transaction.
Shaura Cuyan - Summit Virtual Assistant