Chrissy Doremus, a fellow Active Rain blogger, recently shared this information, a useful guide to prepare a buyer for what to expect when they have a home inspection. Chrissy makes a great point when she states that, for many buyers, the is the first really objective (purely rational) look at what up to now, probably has been a mainly subjective (primarily emotional) decision. Are you soon to be or in the process of finding a home for yourself? ... this information is a great primer for an important part of the process...
In honor of my up-coming "labor day," I hope you will enjoy this last post from me for a while. Then please read an exciting announcement below this post about my blog during my maternity leave (Hint: it has to do with where you can still find my blog content while I'm away).
What to Expect When You're Inspecting
Most things in life can be made easier when we know a little bit about what to expect. A home inspection is no exception, and this step is especially important for first-time buyers.
So what is a home inspection all about? Well first, maybe it's more appropriate to discuss how it can make us feel. This may sound like a corny approach, but honestly, the home inspection is usually the first time a buyer will look at a house more “analytically” instead of “emotionally.” This can be difficult if we are not prepared for this step-by-step evaluation of the house. After all, we have fallen in love with this house, but now it's time to get down to bricks and sticks. The good news? As long as we expect the slight change of perspective that the home inspection will bring (and use the tips below), the process becomes much easier.
So what are some things we can keep in mind?
Expect the inspection to take some time.
An inspection usually takes between 2 and 3 hours. Older or ill-maintained homes will take longer than brand new homes or town homes--but realize that even a brand new home will take time to inspect in detail. Don’t schedule the inspection when you have to rush to another appointment or when you are otherwise distracted. And remember that the inspection is also your chance to get a detailed orientation to the home, so use the time to the fullest.
Prepare for a few cobwebs.
The absolute number one way to get the most out of your inspection, is to be there and be an active participant. But remember to dress for the occasion. Attend in comfortable clothes and accompany your home inspector throughout the inspection. Closed-toed shoes and long pants are recommended. Dress appropriately for rain or cold as well. Expect a few cobwebs and dusty shoes and don't shy away from the opportunity to see basements or attics first-hand with your inspector. Whenever you safely can, tag along.
Avoid information overload.
Expect to get a lot of information during your inspection and in your report. Prepare for this by pre-organizing a loose-leaf binder with a blank page for each system or area of the home. Label each and put your questions at the top so that they can be answered right at the appropriate time during the inspection. Take notes on the answers and any other related info and, voila!, you're information will be organized and easy to read or share with others later.
Know that price and condition do not go hand-in-hand. The price of the home has much more to do with location and market conditions than anything else. Even million-dollar homes need inspections. So, no matter what the purchase price, avoid falling into the trap of expecting a flawless house.
Remember that there is no such thing as a perfect house. Prepare for the fact that some defects may be found in the house, but keep in mind that every house—even a new house—has some. The inspection report and the inspector will help distinguish between big problems and small ones. Ask questions during the inspection. Think about your concerns and needs prior to that day and make sure you get the answers you require.
Expect maintenance. As a homeowner, one must always expect maintenance and some unexpected repairs. No inspection can completely eliminate all risks, and all homes require maintenance, repair, and care. It is important to be comfortable with this concept prior to the inspection experience—especially those who have never owned a home before.
So there you have it--a little preparation goes a long way. Good luck! And enjoy your new "bundle of joy!"
My Exciting Announcement! I am no longer representing my company alone here on ActiveRain, my very good friend and fellow U.S. Inspect blogger, Bill Zoller, has joined the network and has already begun populating his blog.He will continue to post for U.S. Inspect while I'm out on maternity leave and will even be posting some of my blogs, including letting everyone know the new flyer of the week in our Agent Resource Center. Please check out his blog here.
I hope all my good friends on AR will pop over and visit his blog and welcome him to ActiveRain. He writes great home-info related posts and creative, fun posts as well, so I know you'll enjoy his blog. If you currently subscribe to my blog, I encourage you to subscribe to Bill's as that will be one way to get my content while I'm away.
So, the baby is due on May 19th. Any guesses to when she'll make her arrival?? Until then, I'm hangin' in. I'll miss chatting with everyone--see you on the flip side!
Chris Smith CSSBB
Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage