So you’re finally under contract to purchase a home! You’ve got your inspection lined up…now what?
Here’s a few tips to help in preparing for your home inspection:
Make sure you scheduled everything you need
Most buyers think a general home inspection should cover everything when they may need additional add-on services. Check with your agent, insurance company and lender to make sure you’ve scheduled everything you need. Here’s a few examples:
- Wind Mitigation
- Termite/pest inspections (sometimes referred to as WDO)
- Mold Testing
- Lead Paint Testing
Ask your inspector the best way for you to ask questions. This could be asking as they go along or writing them down and asking everything at the end. Some inspectors prefer if they are able to do the full inspection before you arrive so you will come for the last portion and they will provide you a summary.
Try not to bring extra people or children that are not parties to the transaction to an inspection. Too many people takes the focus away from the inspection and you certainly don’t want distractions to cause an inspector to miss something.
Remember this is not your home quite yet so we want to be as respectful as possible to the current owners and any furniture or belongings in the home.
Keep in mind
A home inspection is a visual, non-comprehensive evaluation of the home. Home inspections are not pass/fail or building code inspections and inspectors cannot guarantee future conditions, efficiency or life expectancy of systems. Your inspector may recommend you have specialists conduct further evaluation of major systems.