Do not Forget to Ask These Questions AFTER the Home Inspection
With so many questions in mind, indeed, there is something left even after the inspection is completed. Because let’s face it, just looking at this extensive report highlighting every flaw in your future dream home can scare off a lot of buyers! However, you know the right questions to ask during home inspection afterward, which can help put this report in perspective.
Questions to Ask During Home Inspection: Is this condition only cosmetic?
It s your right to ask questions. It is wise if you stick your nose to the home inspection. Most inspectors look after the things that are commonly overlooked during visits, such as the attic and crawl space and under the sinks. Dive into the details. Even the best home will be given a list of tasks and potential problems, and solving them will be much easier with an understanding of the issues involved. Think of it as free (and invaluable) repair tips.
1. ‘I don’t understand [this and that], can you please clarify?’
Say you know what to expect, here’s how it will work: One or two days after the inspection, you need to get the inspector’s report. There will be a detailed list of all the deficiencies in the house, often with pictures of some problem areas and further elaboration.
Hopefully, you were there for the actual inspection and then asked questions; in this case, there should be no surprises in the report. It should contain what you discussed during the inspection, with pictures and maybe a little more detail. If you can’t remember something important in the report when you inspect it, don’t be afraid to ask.
2. “Is there a problem in this house that worries you, and how much would it cost to fix it?”
Remember, most problems in the house are likely to be minor and not a deal-breaker. But you cannot neglect that your home inspector can help you separate gravel from sand while checking for numbness. So ask him if there is a problem severe enough to keep him from moving on with the house.
Remember, it is all up to you and your real estate agent to decide how to address problems.
3. “Should I bring in another expert for a follow-up inspection?”
Do you expect that at this time, you need to call in other experts to review important issues and assign a dollar amount to correct them? For example, if your inspector marks your electrical box as questionable, you may need to ask an electrician to look around you and tell you what exactly is wrong and how much the repair would cost.
The same applies to apparent problems with your heating or air conditioning, roof, or foundation. An HVAC technician, roofer, or engineer should examine your home and offer to fix the problem. Why is it so important? Your real estate agent will make this offer to the seller if you decide to apply for a concession rather than let the seller do the repairs for you. Your inspector cannot give you these numbers, but they can probably give you an idea of whether it is necessary to call someone.
4. “Is there anything I have to do if I move?”
Wait, you’re not done yet! In the whirlwind of closings and relocations, there are always suggestions for things to do in the first two to four months of occupancy. Sometimes inspectors receive panic calls from homeowners whose homes were inspected three months after they moved in. Although they mentioned specific problems in their report, the buyers completely neglected the report and then paid for it.
Home Inspection Tip: Panic When it is Time to Panic
Work with your attorney and broker to determine the best approach. If your offer depends on a successful inspection (and most are), you have a reasonable basis for asking the current owners to make repairs before closing. You’ll want to get this in writing along with agreements if the sellers can’t resolve the issues.
With no option but to pay N 12324000.00 out of pocket, you may need to move to a more livable home. But sellers are not required to respond to the inspector’s findings. If they’re not willing to take the burden, you’ll need to assess whether the cost of a new roof — or reducing mold or repairing the foundation, or whatever the problem is — is worth the reward.
Hopefully, all will be well, and your home inspector will tell you that you can move in. At this point, most homeowners take an even more intimidating step: negotiate closing costs.
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