As a home buyer, you’re likely filled with excitement and anticipation as you search for your dream home. It’s a big decision, and you want to make sure you’re making the right one. At Craftsman Home Inspection Services, we want to make sure that you are completely informed and prepared. In this blog, we’ll explore some topics you might not be aware of and offer tips for navigating them.
- If you are in a seller’s market, (where there is high demand and multiple offers on the home) the seller may not be as motivated to make repairs or address issues that arise during the home inspection. It’s important to be aware of this possibility and to be prepared to adjust your expectations accordingly.
- Please read the report thoroughly so that you have a full understanding of your new home. We utilize the most user friendly reporting system to make this process simple and enjoyable for our clients.
- As your home inspector, our role is not to tell you whether or not to buy a particular property. In the same regard we are not going to issue the home a “pass” or a “fail”. Rather, it is our job to provide a thorough, objective evaluation of the property’s condition and identify any issues or concerns that may need to be addressed. Based on this information you have all you need to make your best decision about the property. Use it to weigh the pros and cons and decide if it will be a good fit based on your needs and preferences.
- You choose what you want to ask the seller to repair. Your agent is there to guide you and to provide valuable insight into what repairs are reasonable to request, given the condition of the property and the local market. It’s important to have an open and honest dialogue with your agent about your priorities and concerns, as well as your budget and timeline. Ultimately, the goal is to reach an agreement with a seller that both parties are comfortable with, so that you can feel confident about your purchase.
- Remember – anything can be fixed with enough money, time and patience. It is up to you to decide how much of each you have!
- At the end of the inspection, we will take you on a walk through of the property to explain our findings. Don’t feel you need to write down everything or remember it all at this time. The report will go into detail and outline any issues or concerns that we may have discovered during the inspection. The walk-through is simply an opportunity for us to provide a verbal summary of our findings and answer any questions you may have.
- No house is perfect. We have found foundation issues on a brand new build, and extensive mold damage on multimillion dollar homes so when your report comes back with defects don’t be alarmed.
- Unfortunately, I cannot see through walls. For this reason there are some limitations. For example, I may identify signs of water damage on a ceiling, but might not be able to determine the source of the leak or the extent of the damage without further investigation. Please note that a home inspection is a visual inspection of accessible parts of the property and the inspector’s conclusions are based on what he sees and has access to during the inspection.
- On the day of the inspection you have options! You can choose to come for the entire inspection or arrive at the end just in time for the walk-through. This is totally up to you. We welcome you to come for the full inspection and experience all that Craftsman Home Inspections has to offer. We also understand that some might find sitting around a house for 3+ hours boring or not the best use of their time. If this is the case, we suggest that you come for the last hour of the inspection to ask any questions you might have and spend time with us going over all of our findings.
- We love answering our client questions and we also love when our clients have the support of their family around to help them make an informed decision. During the inspection, however, isn’t a good time for your family to join and ask the inspector questions the whole time – this takes their focus away from the job you’re paying us to do!
- Home inspections are not code inspections. While an inspector may be familiar with local building codes and regulations, our job is to assess the condition of the property based on industry standards and best practices, not to determine whether or not the property is up to code. This is something you will be able to determine when you go to obtain the Certificate of Occupancy.
We hope you found this blog informative and that it has helped you in preparing for your home inspection.