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Home Inspection Tips for Buyers



When buying a home, the home inspection is an essential step for authenticating a seller’s claims about the physical condition of their home. The home inspection helps to uncover hidden issues in the house. It ensures that you don’t overpay for a property.


Given that most homebuyers don’t know much about buildings, home inspection is the best way to get accurate information about the home. That is why, as a buyer, Property Specialists, Inc. a leading property management team advises that you must do all to ensure that the home inspection does what it is supposed to do.


10 home inspection tips for buyers


1.      Make sure you get a home inspection

Do not even think of waiving your right to do a home inspection. Sellers will often try to get you to do this, but this is even more reason to do the inspection. Do not do the home inspection yourself unless you are a building expert. The home inspection can save you more money than you will ever spend on it.


2.      Embed the home inspection in the contract

Ensure to include a home inspection clause when entering a purchase agreement with a seller. It will make the completion of the purchase contingent on the outcome of the home inspection. Doing this ensures that if the home inspection report is unfavorable, you can exit the deal without losing any money.


3.      Use a qualified home inspector

Do not hire a home inspector simply because they are cheaper. You want to talk to at least three experienced and duly certified home inspectors before you decide. Your agent will usually recommend a home inspector. There is nothing wrong with using your agent’s home inspector if you trust that agent. But you are also not obligated to use your agent’s inspector.


4.      Anticipate problems

Do not expect the home to be problem-free. A home inspection will rarely give a home a 100% positive score. A home inspection will always detect problems in a home. What is vital is the kind of problems present in the house. Before the home inspection, you must have an idea of the kind of issues that will take you away from the deal.


5.      Be present, but don’t get in the way

Buyers are allowed to accompany the inspector during the inspection process. Most home inspectors encourage you to come along and will be happy to explain things to you along the way. However, it is crucial to give the inspector enough space to do their work and not pick on them with too many questions. Be present during the inspection, but don’t get too involved.


6.      Ask questions

Home inspectors expect you to ask questions about things you don’t understand. Although the home inspector cannot tell you whether to buy the house, they will provide valuable insights to help you decide. But for this to happen, you must pay attention and ask the inspector meaningful questions that will lead to good conversations.


7.      Give the home inspector time

Home may last as long as four hours. If you will be present during the home inspection, make enough time for it. Do not be in a hurry to get it done with it. Your anxiety can infect the home inspector and cause them to do a hurried job. Remember that if something important is overlooked during the inspection, you may have to spend thousands of dollars to fix it.


8.      Focus on the big stuff

Do not sweat the small issues; they only distract you from the important stuff. Things you want to pay attention to are the structural components of the building, its major systems, and its main mechanicals. These include the foundation, roof, windows, doors, flooring, basement, HVAC, wiring, plumbing, and appliances, such as furnaces and water heaters.


9.      Look out for cosmetic improvements

A recent paint job can hide major issues within the walls of the home, cracks in the ceiling, water damage, or mold. Cosmetic upgrades may also be used to disguise past electrical issues. Even when they don’t hide a problem, sellers use the overall aesthetics of the home to trick buyers into making an emotional decision. Do not let the home’s appearance fool you.


10.  Consider add-on inspections

Home inspections are not invasive; if a home inspector detects an issue but doesn’t have access to the area where the problem is, they cannot inspect it. The most they will do is to flag that area for further investigation. That may require you to order a subsequent inspection known as a specialty inspection. If your home inspector recommends add-on inspections, do not hesitate to do them.


What should you do after you get the home inspection? You may complete the deal, walk away, or renegotiate your bid. What you do is really up to you. But if you follow the steps outlined above, deciding on the next step should not be difficult.

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