A home inspection is necessary when buying or selling a home.Through this, both the buyer and seller become better informed of the house’s actual condition. If the house has any significant defects like mold, water damage or structural issues that the seller may have missed or did not declare, the home inspection will bring these to light.
Get the most out of your home inspection by avoiding these mistakes:
- Not researching the inspector
Your home inspection is only as good as your inspector, so you have to get the best. Make sure your potential home inspector is right for the job by checking their qualifications and experience.
The ideal home inspector keeps up with industry trends by attending trainings and has all the modern equipment. You will want someone who can analyze the house thoroughly and give you an understandable explanation of their findings.
Don’t just pick whoever shows up first on your internet search or rely solely on recommendations from family and friends.Check the home inspector’s background yourself by going to their website or checking out their reviews online to see what past clients have to say. You should also ask your real estate agents for suggestions.
- Not attending the inspection
It’s always a good idea to be around during the inspection. By following the inspector as they make their rounds, you’ll be able to ask questions and get to know the home better. The inspector can tell you how much certain repairs would cost so you can allot a budget for these. They can advise you on how to better maintain the house. A home inspector who doesn’t allow clients to join the inspection is a major red flag.
When following the home inspector, remember not to get overly involved in the process. Let the inspector to their job and only ask questions when appropriate.
- Not reading the report
A lot of buyers and sellers tend to skim the home inspection report instead of reading it in full. The report has all the vital information sellers and buyers need to know about the strengths and flaws of the home. Often, the report includes photographs to give clients a better understanding of the findings.Take the time to sit down with the inspector and discuss the results.
- Not getting a professional to do repairs
When the home inspection results call for something to be fixed, always get a professional to do it. DIY repairs may seem more economical but it can cost you more in the long run. To save yourself time, money, and effort, it’s best to leave home repairs to the experts.
- Not getting repairs re-inspected
Once all the repairs are done, you have to make sure they’re up to standard. A re-inspection will check if the repairs were made well and if these comply with the agreement between the buyer and seller. This will not only ensure that the house is great shape but will also give you peace of mind.
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