PREPARING FOR YOUR HOME INSPECTION
Some Sellers’ will not permit pictures to be taken of the inside of the home, unless prior permission is granted. If you want to take pictures, you should have your Realtor contact the Seller for permission, prior to the inspection.
Be sure to contact us in advance so we can prepare and coordinate the additional tests for you. If you plan on having any of these tests performed as a part of the general Home Inspection, often times they must be agreed upon ahead of time, and written into your Purchase Agreement with the Seller. You should contact your Realtor or your Attorney, to be sure that the specific additional test(s) you want performed is specified in your Purchase Agreement.
If you can’t personally be present at the Home Inspection then:
Remember, this is your inspection. This is the time for you and the Inspector to look at the house, and be able to freely discuss what you are seeing without fear of hurting someone’s (the Seller’s) feelings. When a Home Inspection is scheduled, it is important to emphasize this to your Realtor.
If you happen to be purchasing a home without the services of a Realtor, then the responsibility of interacting directly with the Seller, will be totally up to you. It can sometimes be difficult asking a Seller not to be present, during the Inspection. After all, this is still his home. We have found, however, that if at all possible, it is the best route to take.
DURING THE INSPECTION...
AFTER THE INSPECTION...
You should know
~ The condition of the home you are purchasing (including positive and negative aspects).
~ What repairs are needed, as well as the relative urgency of the repairs. You also should know a proper course of corrective action to take if repairs are needed.
~ If there are any unsafe conditions that have the potential to affect you.
You should expect
~ A clearly written, easy to understand Home Inspection Report. First, the Report should clearly identify any potential significant defects that will affect your buying decision. Second, it should clearly identify any areas in need of near term repairs, or any components that are reaching the end of their useful life span.
~ The Home Inspector to answer any questions you have about the report.
~ The Home Inspector to be a resource as to future questions you may have.
You should not expect
~ The Home Inspector to offer to repair or replace, for a fee, any defects noted in the inspection. This would be a definite conflict of interest, which would then tend to cast doubt on the Home Inspectors findings.