Don't be afraid to ask the inspector any questions that cross your mind. Most home inspectors are glad to share their knowledge.
There's a great book you should buy for yourself called "The Home Reference Book". It's available online from a Canadian company called CarsonDunlop. If you look for it at a bookstore or at Amazon.com, make sure you're getting the latest version (2012). It's not cheap ($59) but it's worth every penny, and it will help you "understand what house systems and components are supposed to do, and what happens if they don't".
Leonard â€œLenâ€ Dunikoski, GRI
Diane Turton Realtors â€“ Rumson Office
8 West River Road
Rumson, NJ 07760
(732) 239-0739 (cell) (732) 530-6686 (office)
If you already are a homeowner, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and suggest preventive measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs.
If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
Remember the inspector is trying to do his job, questions are welcome, but distractions and questions not related to the inspection can take the inspectors focus away from the task at hand. We always recommend to our client that the attend the inspection.
A home inspection usually takes several hours. I strongly recommend that the person who hires the inspector meet with the inspector at the property near the end of the inspection so that they can review the deficits. If you appreciate an answer, please give thumbs up. For the most helpful answer, please say thanks with a best answer click.
As the buyer broker I attend all inspections. Our buyer hired us for our experience and knowledge. I feel it my obligation to be there. I close on average 1 transaction a week, it takes a lot of time to attend all these inspections and yet I do it and my clients notice and appreciate it.
As an agent, I like to arrive at the inspection towards the end. The inspector's client is my buyer, not me. I prefer that my buyer has an opportunity to interact with the inspector without me being in the way. I really only need to be there to hear the inspector's findings so that I know what to be prepared for as we move into repair negotiations.
Kathleen Turner, CRS, ABR, ePro, Certified Paralegal
The Kathleen Turner Realty Group
Keller Williams Realty
The day of inspection I usually arrive about ten to fifteen minutes early and go over with the inspector the potential issues we have seen while looking at the house to make sure the house is in good shape. The inspector goes through the whole house but addressing the things we were concnerned about.
During the inspection if there is an issue that they feel can be maajor concern they will address with me and the buyer at that time. otherwise he generally waits to the end and walks us through the house showing the items he found wrong. These are all included on his inspection report with photos. but it is easier seeing and knowing exactly what he is talking about......
it also helps when we are asking for repairs to be done knwong what the inspector found wrong and where it was located and explaining it better to them....
Coldwell Banker United
Sometimes if the seller will not fix the issue you can offer to raise the price to include the repair.
There is a very good artilce on Inspections and negotiating at Your-Road-Home.com. And the article, Snags, Snares and Ptifalls will serve you well.
You're making one of the largest purchases of your life, at least show up for a recap with the inspector at the end of the inspection!