It’s finally happening. You’ve found the home of your dreams, and the seller has accepted your offer. What’s next on the list? Before you begin celebrating and daydreaming about decorating your future home, you’ll need an inspector to check out the property. After all, an inspection can reveal the faults of a home, especially the ones that aren’t so obvious – which may change the tint on your rose-colored glasses a bit.
Inspections may sound intimidating, but they don’t have to be, especially if you ask the right questions. Here are 5 things you should be sure to ask during and after a home inspection:
Can You Explain This to Me?
There will probably be some parts of the report that you won’t understand completely. That’s completely normal, but make sure you get some clarification from the inspector. Review the report carefully when you receive it, write down any questions you may have, and give your inspector a call!
Is This a Big Problem?
No house is perfect. Your inspector is bound to find at least some faults; most of them should be minor, but there may be a few significant issues he or she will come across. Sometimes it’s difficult to decipher which issues are grave and which aren’t worth the stress, but your inspector can shed some light on the situation.
Should I Call an Expert to Look at This?
Your inspector is great at spotting current and future problems, but they’re more than likely not qualified to make home repairs. Ask if they think you should ask an expert to examine the issue further.
Is This Issue Normal?
Whether it’s an odd water spot on the ceiling, a missing shingle, a crack in the exterior, or something entirely different, it’s normal to question which problems are normal. Don’t be afraid to ask if the issues your inspector finds are ordinary. What they may say could put your mind at ease!
What Concerns You the Most About This Property?
When the inspection is over, you should get a general idea of the issues that were found. Take this opportunity to ask your inspector what he or she thinks are the house’s biggest problems. Your goal is to leave the inspection with a solid idea of which issues should be addressed first, whether by an expert or the seller.
Inspections can be scary, and so can buying a home by yourself. It doesn’t have to be with The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties! Call us today at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 to get started today.