Buying a home? The process can be stressful.
A Home Inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind but often has the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short amount of time. This often includes a written report, checklist, photographs, and what the inspector himself says during the inspection.
All of this…combined with the seller’s disclosure and what you notice yourself makes the experience even more overwhelming!
What should you do??
Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies, and minor imperfections. These are always nice to know about but the issues that really matter will fall into these four categories:
- Major Defects. Structural failure, complete roof replacement, electrical issues, etc.
- Things that lead to major defects. A small roofing leak, water pooling near foundation, etc.
- Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home.
- Safety hazards. Exposed wiring, leaky gas furnace, etc.
Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection. Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report. No home is perfect. Keep things in perspective. Do not kill your deal over things that do not matter. It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed on the seller’s disclosure or nit-picky items.
Talk with your Home Inspector.
Many things may require more understanding and a little communication with your home inspector. If something in the report isn’t clear, ask your inspector to go over it with you. He wants you to be confident with your purchase.