What Home Buyers and Home Sellers Need To Know
Your Home Inspection – What Really Matters
Buying a home? The process can be stressful. A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but can have the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time. This often includes a written report, and what your inspector conveys to you during the inspection if you attend. All this, combined with the seller’s disclosure and what you notice yourself, can make the experience overwhelming. What should you do? Relax.
Most of your inspection will include maintenance recommendations, minor repairs and things to keep a watchful eye on. These are useful to know about. However, the issues that really matter will fall into these categories:
1. Major defects. An example of this would be something that cost thousands of dollars to repair.
2. Existing Conditions that could lead to major defects. A small roof-flashing leak, for example.
3. Safety hazards, such as an elevated deck that is not properly attached to the side of the home.
Everything in these categories should be understood, addressed and corrected. Often a serious problem can be repaired inexpensively to protect both life and property. While your inspector as a courtesy may identify minor problems, he will not identify every minor problem that exists in the home.
Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of major defects uncovered during a home inspection. While sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report, the inspection report will allow you and your agent to address major defects and safety issues found with the seller and their agent. No home is perfect. Keep things in perspective. Try not to kill your deal over things that can be easily fixed. Real Estate agents have the experience to resolve these matters so buyer and seller are satisfied.
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Help your Home Inspection go smoothly
Realtors and sellers of homes want the home inspection to go smoothly. It is important that the seller prepare the property for the home inspection. Here are some steps that Realtors and home sellers can take to ensure the inspection goes smoothly. Some of this might seem like common sense, but it never hurts to be prepared for your home inspection.
- Provide inspector access to the property on the day of the inspection.
- Make sure all gas, water and electric utilities are turned ON, and fuel oil is present in the tank if present. This is of special concern in vacant homes. Often, inspections are incomplete or canceled and home sales can fall apart because sellers and Banks do not turn ON utilities.
- Provide easy access to heating and cooling systems, hot water tanks, electric panels, attics and crawlspaces. Please empty the closet so the inspector can have access to the attic hatch.
- If any repairs or replacement maintenance (roofing, foundation, basement waterproofing, heating or cooling systems, electrical/plumbing, etc.) has been performed recently, leave copies of relevant paperwork on the kitchen table for review by the inspector and potential home buyer.
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