What Buyers should Expect from a Home Inspection

Buyers should expect certain things from a home inspection, most particularly, the overall condition of the house. Home inspectors are known as “expert generalists,” meaning they have a lot of knowledge about a wide variety of things. But, most are not professionally licensed electricians, plumbers, carpenters, HVAC technicians, or building contractors. Although, these are professional individuals who know what to look for and what is and is not of concern.

What Buyers should Expect from a Home Inspection

Before you are handed the keys to your new house, you’ll likely experience one or more common home closing hurdles. Among these are the home inspection. This inspection can just be another part of due diligence without an issue or it could reveal deal-breaking conditions. Home inspectors usually call such problems, “material defects.” These are issues with the house’s systems and components which either devalue the home, present a health and/or safety issue, or a combination thereof.

Congratulations, your offer was accepted and you’re going to be a homeowner! After you’ve made all your phone calls to share the big news and sipped on a glass or two of celebratory campaign, it’s time to move on to the next step in the home buying process: the home inspection. At first glance, property inspections can seem daunting, especially if you’ve never been through the process. —Fresh Home.com

The home inspector will examine all the home’s systems, which are the electrical, plumbing, HVAC, as well as its components, such as the foundation, roof, doors, and windows. In addition, home inspectors generally test all the major appliances, the smoke alarms, and more. Each problem or potential issue will probably be listed in the inspection report, so long as they are detected. It’s important to remember, this is a snapshot of a home’s current condition, and not a fortune-telling crystal ball. As the buyer, you need to know as much as possible. So, be sure to do the following:

  • Be there for the inspection. There are all kinds of reasons buyers should be present for the actual inspection but the single most important reason is to walk with the inspector to see and experience what he sees and experiences. Being present will also give you more of an intimate feel of the house itself.
  • Ask plenty of questions. Of course, being present during the inspection is a golden opportunity to ask a lot of questions. This is when you’ll begin to learn both commonalities and uniqueness about the property. Be sure to carry your smartphone with you or a notebook with pen and/or pencil to take notes as you learn about the house.
  • Learn how things work. You’ve been at a family member’s, friend’s, or another home before and fumbled with this or that, trying to figure out how it works. Now is a great time to learn how things in the house work from the home inspector who has likely seen it before.
  • Inquire about possible scenarios. If there are future potential issues mentioned, ask the inspector his opinion about what to expect. In other words, ask the home inspector what he would do first if he were buying the house and moving into it. Pay close attention to the answers and document what’s said so you can take action.
  • Have the inspector explain his lingo. The home inspector’s report might contain industry jargon unfamiliar to you. When you receive the report, if it does contain unfamiliar terms, ask the inspector what these mean so you are in-the-know.

If you are considering buying a home in Orlando, contact us for the latest market information. We’ll also provide you with the right advice to find a house quickly and for the best price.