Are You Buying a Home?
The process can be stressful. A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind
. Although, depending on the findings, it may have the opposite effect. You will be asked to comprehend a lot of information over a short period of time. Your inspection will entail a written home inspection report, including checklists and photos
, and what the inspector tells you during the inspection. All of this combined with the seller’s disclosure and what you notice yourself can make the experience overwhelming. How can you make this experience easier?
Home inspectors are professionals, and if yours is a member of InterNACHI, then you can trust that he is among the most highly trained in the home inspection industry. Most of your inspection will be related to maintenance recommendations and minor defects. These are good to know about.
However, the issues of the most importance will fall into four categories:
- major defects, such as a structural failure;
- conditions that can lead to major defects, such as a roof leak;
- issues that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home if not fixed immediately; and
- safety hazards, such as a live, exposed buss bar in the electrical panel.
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Anything in these categories should be addressed ASAP. Most of the time, a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property.
Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection. It’s important to realize that a seller is under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in your home inspection report. Keep things in perspective
, because no house is perfect.
And remember that home-ownership is both a joyful experience and an important responsibility, so be sure to call on your InterNACHI Certified Professional Inspector to help you devise an annual maintenance plan that will keep your family safe and your home in tip top condition for years to come.