Avoid These 7 Mistakes During the Home Inspection Process

In this article, we are going to tell you some common mistakes during the home inspection you should avoid.

Experience is the hindsight you wish you had.  Check out these tips from the experts here so you can avoid these 7 mistakes during the home inspection process that are most commonly committed.

  1. Not researching/interviewing the inspector you hire.
    • Where did they study?
    • Is the inspector involved in continuing education?
    • What certifications and additional credentials has the inspector obtained?
    • Have you seen a sample report? See item # 4 to understand why this is important.
    • Do they have a professional website?
    • What is and what is not included in the home inspection?
    • Have more than 1 in mind though, in case your first pick isn’t available at the time when the inspection needs to be done !
  2. Waiting.
    • Waiting until you HAVE to have find an inspector. Book in advance/research so you get quality, not just the only one with availability.
  1. Not attending.
    • Although it is not mandatory for the buyer or seller to attend, it is highly suggested.  Why would you not as the person hiring the inspector go?
    • This is the time to ask questions and understand what you will see in the report.
    • Although a home inspector cannot and will not tell you whether or not to purchase the home, the inspector will provide you information to do with as you must with the guidance of your legal and professional agents.
  2. Not reading the report
    • Ensure they are professional, easy to read, and language that you can understand.
    • Ensure that the sample report covers the items detailed in our What does an inspection cover section.
    • When the information is fresh, ask questions. Waiting months won’t help you.
    • Although the inspector will point out deficiencies so you can review them with your agent and legal counsel, you should also read the report and analyze it!
  3. Not getting a pre-sale inspection
    • A pre-sale inspection provides the seller time to complete repairs and keep sale on track.
    • By providing the seller more time, it will enable the seller to get the repairs done and control costs by shopping around and not waiting until they are under pressure.
  1. Not prepping the home for the inspection.
    • Make an entry point to attic.
    • Make an entry point to crawl spaces or basements.
    • Ensure keys are left for locked areas.
    • De-clutter so that the inspector can get into necessary areas.  An inspector is not permitted to move items.  An inspection is a non-invasive process.
    • If utilities are not on, have your agent assist you in getting them turned on for the inspection
  1. DIY the fixes.
    • Once the inspector provides the report, the issues will need to be fixed. If you DIY the fixes, there is a chance this will delay the transaction if they are not done properly.A home inspector can diagnose and review, but isn’t a specialist. If they recommend a specialist, call one in.   Think of the inspector as your primary care physician who refers you to a specialist upon diagnosis.

 

Mistakes during the home inspection can cost both buyers and sellers in the long run.  Be sure not to commit any mistakes listed here!