Four Home Inspection Mistakes You Should Avoid
When working with clients, I always recommend they elect to have a home inspection. It costs about $500 but can save them thousands of dollars in the long run if an inspector uncovers defects or maintenance issues.
A home inspection is a visual evaluation of the home’s condition and performance but also can serve as a “seminar” in maintaining your home. But the inspection is only as good as the inspector you hire and how involved you are in the process. To get the most out of your home inspection, I’ve compiled a list of four mistakes to avoid.
First, thoroughly research the home inspector. Ask how long he or she has been an inspector, how many inspections has he or she done, what are his or her qualifications. Pennsylvania does not have formal licensing requirements for home inspectors but does require a home inspector belong to a non-profit membership organization like, ASHI and NACHI.
Second, attend the inspection. It should take between 2 and 4 hours depending on the size and condition of the home. Follow the inspector from room to room. Ask questions and take notes. You will receive a report after the inspection.
Third, read the report page by page. If you don’t understand something, ask questions of either your Realtor® or the home inspector. A reputable and professional home inspector should have no problem speaking to you on the phone to answer questions. It’s also wise to consult a contractor about cost estimates for repairs.
Fourth, sellers should consider a pre-sale inspection. To avoid any surprises that could kill a deal, you may want to shell out the money for an inspection before putting the house on the market. That allows you more time to make repairs and control costs. One thing to keep in mind, you will have to disclose any problems discovered in that home inspection to all potential buyers.
If you have any questions about home inspections or anything else, feel free to call or text me. I’d be happy to bounce around ideas and information with you. My cell is 267-888-5558. Also, to stay connected with our community, check out the Happy Living In Montco Facebook page.
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