Buying a home?
The process can be stressful. A home inspection
is supposed to give you peace of mind but, depending on the findings, it may have the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information over a short period of time. Your
inspection will entail a written 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. What should you do?
Home inspectors are professionals, and as a
member of InterNACHI, you can trust that I am among the most highly trained in the industry. Most of your inspection will be related to maintenance recommendations and minor imperfections. These are
good to know about.
However, the issues that really matter will fall
into four categories:
- major defects, such as a structural
- conditions that can lead to major defects, such as a roof
- issues that may hinder your ability to finance, legally
occupy, or insure the home if not rectified immediately; and
- safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electrical
Anything in these categories should be addressed
as soon as possible. Often, a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4).
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 inspection report. No house is perfect. Keep
things in perspective.
And remember that homeownership 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 top condition for years to come.