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- Research the inspector
It is highly likely that whether you will be provided a recommendation from your realtor for a home inspector. You should do your research and determine if this is who you really want to conduct your home inspection—you are not limited to who is recommended by your realtor. Often, buyers don’t know where to begin but it is important to select an inspector you believe will provide you with the most unbiased review of the home.
- Attend the inspection
Buyers! This is very, very important. Whether you pick your own home inspector or go with the company recommended by your realtor, you should attend the inspection. Home inspectors do more than point out flaws in a home. They can show you where the main water valve is, the electrical shut offs, and point out how to use other key components of the home including the AC system and smart-home devices, and they can give you a rough estimate of what repairs may cost if they find an issue. AcuSystem home inspectors encourage our clients to attend, follow us through our inspections, and ask questions.
- Read the inspection report
Even if you attended the inspection, there may be minor details you missed or didn’t pay much attention to. Most inspectors provide reports with any concern clearly stated, so don’t think reviewing the report is a waste of time because it will be filled with jargon—it won’t be.
- Get presale inspection
Most of these tips may be for the buyer, but most inspections are typically initiated by the buyer. However, presale inspections can be ordered by a seller before listing their home. It is an excellent way to identify any areas that should be fixed before putting the home on the market so you can ask for top dollar. Plus, when a buyer requests an inspection, it is often only two weeks prior to closing and not much time for you to get repairs done in time—giving the buyer the upper hand to negotiate the sale price.
- Prep the home before the inspection
Your home doesn’t have to be spotless but, ideally, the seller should clear out the areas where a home inspector may need access. These areas include the openings of the attic, crawlspace, and electrical fuse/breaker box. Also, if you typically keep your shed, garage, or utility closet locked, remember to unlock it or leave a key otherwise the inspector will have to return to complete the inspection. Often, this can accrue an additional cost that the seller/homeowner may be responsible for.