Residential Inspections: getting a home inspection gives you the opportunity to learn more about the house (your potential new home) you’re about to invest a HUGE amount money and you need to know that is a safe place for your family to live in. Renegotiate if defects are found or opt-out of the deal; our experienced inspectors find more defects during an inspection because they inspect the house as if they’re buying it themselves. Lastly, in today’s real estate market banks and insurance companies are starting to require that a full home inspection be conducted prior to approval.
A residential inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time. This often includes a written report, photographs, environmental reports and what the residential inspector has to say during the inspection. All this combined with the seller’s disclosure and what you notice yourself makes the experience even more overwhelming.
What should you do? Relax. Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancy and minor imperfections. These are nice to know about. However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories: Anything in these categories should be addressed. Often a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4). Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection.