Home buyers; 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 it 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 approval.
A home 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 home inspector has to say during the home 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 expediencies 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.
- Major defects. An example of this would be a structural failure.
- Things that lead to major defects. A small roof-flashing leak, for example.
- Things that may hinder your ability to finance or insure the home.
- Safety hazards, such as a Federal Pacific Electric panel.
Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report. No home is perfect. That’s where the professionals at 1st Assurance Home Inspections comes in. While you focus on the home’s style, size layout, price and neighborhood, we can take care evaluating its major systems- like the plumbing, heating, cooling, electrical, and structure. Making sure you have all the information before you make such a significant decision simply makes sense. You can count on 1st Assurance Inspections to give you the unbiased, professional inspection you need, when you need it. We are looking forward to hearing from you.