Home buying can mean a lot of personal time taken at work. You may think that by not attending your inspection personally, you can save time without any ill effects. However, by skipping the inspection you’ll miss out on an opportunity to get to know the home you’re buying more intimately. Being present doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to follow the inspector around the property the entire time they’re inspecting it, but rather that you’re available while they’re there so that you have the chance to ask them questions and get clarification on anything that may be confusing. Bring a book or some work and hang out until they’re finished, then you can go over any concerns they have while you’re at the property and can get a closer look.
2. Ask questions
This is probably the most important thing you can do in terms of your inspection. Ask as many questions as possible. If you don’t know what something means, ask for clarification. If you don’t understand what needs to be repaired, ask them to show you. And don’t feel like you’re annoying them, most inspectors really enjoy sharing their knowledge and being as helpful as they can. If they suggest a repair, ask them who you should have fix that. Chances are they’ll either give you a great recommendation, or even tell you how to repair it yourself.
3. Make sure you’re the one hiring them
The sellers may hire an inspector on their end, but don’t think that this means you don’t need an inspection yourself. If you hire and pay for the inspector yourself, you know that you’re getting all of the information and no one is keeping you out of the loop. By getting your own home inspection, you’ll be able to identify any substantial issues that could be cause for renegotiation.
When choosing your inspector, it’s important to find someone that is licensed and experienced. They need to be well versed in a variety of potential issues and experience will only improve their skills. You should also ask for references, and check ahead of time to ensure it’s alright that you tag along. If they have an issue with you being present at your inspection, that could be a red flag. If they don’t want you along, chances are they won’t be too keen to spend time explaining things to you either.
At Super Inspection Pros, we understand the time crunch of the home buying process. We make it a point to provide quick service from our licensed and experienced inspectors so that you can get the information you need, when you need it. Contact us to learn more and schedule your new home inspection.