Preparing For a Home Inspection: Advice for Buyers

(October 03, 2015 )


As a follow up to my last blog post, I have prepared some information for home buyers during the home inspection process. If you spend some time planning and preparing ahead of time, it will reduce the chances of uncertainties during and after the inspection.

WHAT IS INVOLVED?

A home inspection is performed by a qualified, trained professional. He or she visually inspects the structure, and evaluates all of its components and features. The main goal is to identify any potential defects that will affect your decision to buy and give you the approximate costs of repairs.
The actual property evaluation time lasts anywhere between 1.5-3 hours, depending on the size of the home.
The home inspector will provide you with a thorough report detailing all findings in the days following.


HOW TO PREPARE

1. Gather information about the home. 
Request a copy of the MLS sheet and property disclosure statement from your realtor. These will provide square footage, age of the house, as well as any other pertinent information the inspector might need to know.

2. Make a list of questions/concerns.
During your initial walk through of the home there may have been some things you were wondering about or had concerns with.  Also, if you plan to do any renovations or are unsure about the workings of a particular system or appliance in the house note these things down as well. Take along a pad and pencil to take notes.

3. Consider optional testing.
In addition to the general home inspection, there are optional tests available.  Asbestos testing, Lead Paint Testing, Pest Inspections and Radon Testing are some of the more commonly requested additional tests. These services will involve extra fees and need to be scheduled with each specific company. It is important to let the inspector know your plans ahead of time so he/she can prepare for and coordinate these appointments.

4. Plan to be present for the inspection. The seller, on the other hand, will most likely not be there.

Good preparation for the home inspection is beneficial to all parties involved.