After the Home Inspection – What’s Really Important?

Dated: August 25 2022

Views: 62

An important part of the home buying process is having a professional home inspection. Even homes listed “as is” should have an inspection if only to understand what “as is” means. A comprehensive home inspection will examine all major systems, such as heating, cooling, electrical, and plumbing. The inspector will also look for signs of water intrusion and check the roof for leads or wear and tear.

Once the inspection is complete, the home buyer will receive a copy of the findings for review. Often buyers are shocked at the number of issues uncovered and may even wonder if they should walk away. Most of the time, this is unnecessary; even the best maintained home will have plenty of things to review, most of which are more a “honey do” list than a deal breaker.

So, what are the deal breakers? For anyone considering a major remodel, there may not be any deal breakers on the list. Those who have stretched to buy the house, may not have the available resources to make any significant repairs and will want to negotiate as much as possible.

Most agents agree that the main thing to focus on is the fire, health, and safety sections, missing fire flues or smoke detectors, and unsafe electrical hazards or firewall breaches. Also check for evidence of foundation cracks, water intrusion, and roof leaks. Before accepting any cash credit, one should get a few estimates from repair contractors to ensure the dollar figure offered is sufficient.

Most home inspections create a list of deferred maintenance and minor repairs. Working with their agent, a home buyer can narrow the list of requests to the essentials and tackle the others once they move in.

Latest Blog Posts

Inflation is Rising – Should I Still Buy a Home?

World events and government spending has led to soaring inflation. The Federal Reserve has only one tool in its arsenal to curb and reduce this trend – raising interest rates. While

Read More

Thinking About Painting Your Home’s Exterior? These Are the Season’s Hottest Paint Trends

Choosing the paint color for your home’s exterior can feel like a major undertaking. You want to choose a color that reflects your personal style, but that also feels timely and on-trend.So

Read More

Now May Be the Perfect Time to Sell Your House If You Aren’t Planning on Buying Another Home

You’ve probably been hearing in the news lately that the real estate market is “shifting.” Well, according to this realtor.com article, many economists feel that we’ve

Read More

After the Home Inspection – What’s Really Important?

An important part of the home buying process is having a professional home inspection. Even homes listed “as is” should have an inspection if only to understand what “as is”

Read More