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By Shah Tehrany | Mortgage Broker
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  • Questions to Ask Your Home Inspector

    Posted Under: Quality of Life, Property Q&A, Home Insurance  |  October 12, 2011 11:11 AM  |  940 views  |  No comments

    The home inspector can be the key person to getting the best home at the best value.  The property inspector can point out some nuts and bolts that are missing, some brick and mortar that may fall, or other issues that the buyer and the seller will ignore due to eagerness to get the purchase done. No one wants to end up with a huge repair bill right after purchasing a home. Having a inspector’s report ensures that the buyer, as well as the seller, will be confident going forward with the deal.

    With an experienced home inspector you can understand the flaws, find out what should and can be done, and learn what you yourself can fix without hiring others. Here are some questions you should ask your home inspector:

    • How bad is it? The home inspector can give you a straightforward answer about the issues in the house. An experienced inspector can give you an evaluation on the spot; he can expose the flaws and can quickly give an explanation on how that flaw can be fixed.
    • How can it be fixed? Keep in mind that home inspectors may use technical terms like “health and safety hazard”. Don’t be scared by the technical talk, the issues may be repairable with less than $100. You should attend the inspection and take notes on issues that the inspector mentions.
    • What would you fix and how? What should I fix first? With these two questions you acknowledge the home inspector’s experience and you involve him in the things that matter to you. He will certainly share some of his know-how with you, giving you a few quick tips on what should be repaired first, how should it be done, and how soon. You surely want a complete, solid house, but some repairs are not urgent. Don’t spend all of your money right away, but spend some wisely.
    • Can you show me how to work that? Many home inspectors will show you how to operate mechanical or electrical systems in your house. Don’t hesitate to ask them about the system if you need to find out about the dishwasher, the stove, the water heather, the heat system. It’s your home now, your systems, so you must know how to use them properly and avoid a hefty repair bills.
    • Ask for explanation. You don’t want to end up with a report that is written in language you don’t understand. Give the inspector time to make the report, then ask him to explain the technical terms.
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