Home Inspections: 11 Questions To Ask Before, During, & After
Buying your home is likely the biggest purchase you'll make in your lifetime, so it's vital to ensure that you won't wake up to unpleasant surprises after closing. The best way to avoid them is to have a home inspection from a reputable company before you finalize your purchase. The following 11 questions can help you get the most benefit from your home inspection.
Before The Inspection
Selecting the inspection company is as important as the inspection itself. Make sure that you can accompany the inspector, and ask the following questions so that you can choose the best.
1. Do You Have A Track Record?
The answer to this question will let you know how long they've been in business, and you may be able to speak to some former clients.
2. What Do You Charge And What Does The Fee Cover?
Home inspections average between 300 and 600 dollars. The price depends on the location of the house, the size, and the age of the homes. Be cautious of using the least expensive inspector because you may get an inferior inspection.
3. How Long Will It Take?
Home inspections are usually performed during regular business hours, so you'll want to ensure that you schedule enough time. You don't want your inspection to be rushed. If your inspector says a large home will take only an hour or a two-bedroom apartment will take half the day, it might indicate that the inspector is less competent than they should be.
During The Inspection
4. What Does That Mean?
Your inspector should be happy to explain any issues that they find as well as explain their significance. Although some problems can be minor, such as a leaky faucet, problems such as a leaky water heater or a cracked foundation can cause major issues.
5. I'm A New Homeowner. How Do I Maintain This?
Your inspector should be happy to explain how to maintain your home, especially if you have a boiler or an HVAC unit, or another type of device that isn't standard in all homes.
6. Do You Have Major Concerns About This Property?
In addition to your written report, your inspector can provide you with a broad overview of the property that includes both the benefits and the issues that may need immediate attention. Don't be afraid to ask questions.
7. What's The Significance Of...
If you notice an issue during your home inspection, make sure to ask your inspector about it and whether it's significant or not. Although your inspector will probably have noticed it already, it can help you learn more about your house. Many inspectors will ask if you have any specific concerns before starting the inspection.
After The Inspection
A home inspection report is rather extensive, so before you delve into that hefty report, ask the inspector the following:
8. What Does This Mean?
Even though you attended the inspection – hopefully – there may be terms in the report that you don't understand. Don't be afraid to ask questions.
9. Does Anything In This Report Concern You?
Probably, the issues reflected in the report will be minor, but your inspector can clarify those that may incur a substantial cost in the future.
10. Should I Call An Expert To Check Out This Issue?
Your inspector can point out any issues that should be fixed by the seller or what you can expect if you're paying for it.
11. Is There Anything That Will Need Immediate Attention After I Move In?
Be sure to pay attention to the items on the report and take care of them after moving in. Prompt attention to them can forestall headaches after you move in.