Home inspections. On one hand, it can be a bit nerve-racking and intimidating for clients on either side of a home transaction. On the other hand, the outcome of the inspection clears up any questions and allows both parties to come together, negotiate, and form a compromise on how the property can switch hands without any subtle concerns.
When an inspector walks through your home, he’s going to be on the lookout for any structural concerns, including but not limited to the foundation of your home, wood, support beams, and floors. The inspector will also likely conduct a radon test, check for any presence (current or otherwise) of insects, and conduct a tank sweep for any oil tanks that may be buried on the property.
If you’re a buyer, I strongly encourage you to be there in the home as the inspector goes through the motions. This part can be time-consuming, but that small investment of time will provide you with a blueprint on how to proceed in your home transaction. Speaking from personal experience, my inspector asked my wife and I to follow him while he made the rounds so he could debrief us on each room and even highlight causes for concern. Similarly, he was able to shrug off anything that caught the eye of my wife and I, which was just as much a part of the inspection for US as it was for HIM.
Fair warning: the results of an inspection report may seem scary. I for one remember seeing a 126 page report for our home which by all accounts was “move-in ready,” as we REALTORS like to say. But nothing is going to miss the eye of a good inspector. I skimmed through a dozen pages alone telling me to tighten a screw on things such as outlet covers and door knobs, with each individual loose screw broken out onto its own page.
In the end, the results of the inspection clear up concerns and allow both parties to proceed in the know. It may take some time and raise some eyebrows, but it only gets you one step closer to closing on your home.