Home Inspection Do’s and Don’ts

Home Inspection Do’s and Don’ts

Ah, it is good to be back into going to Home Inspections.  My last brokerage frowned upon agents going to home inspections – mainly for liability reasons, but I have decided that going to home inspections to get answers to questions is well worth the risk.  Plus, it gives a little extra security to my buyers that I feel is a win.

Alright, so what are some of the Do’s and Don’ts for Home Inspections?

Home Inspection Do’s:

  1. Be prepared to ask questions.  It is not often that you will get an expert to talk to about your prospective home.  Home inspections provide those experts.  They are going to give you the low down on what is up with the prospective home you are buying.
  2. Hire as many inspectors as your initial glance of the home give you reason to hire. I would say the big three here in Central Ohio are:
    • General Home Inspection
    • Termite Inspection
    • Radon Inspection
  3. Hire other inspections if the general home inspector finds any concerning data.  I had a home inspection where the inspector was concerned about water behind the stucco.  We hired a thermal inspection to verify his concerns.

Home Inspection Don’ts:

  1. Dismiss a concern.  If something is concerning, keep digging into the problem.
  2. Jump to conclusions.  There is usually a way to fix the situation.  The question is, do you want to fix it, or have the Seller fix it?
  3. Listen to anyone but the expert.  That includes the Real Estate agent. Realtors are not paid to inspect homes.  Realtors may know a lot about homes and may own one themselves, but  if you need more information or want a second opinion, rely on an expert, not your agent.

Home inspections are exciting.  You get to know the home you are buying.  Homes are very much like people.  Each home has its quirks and issues.  They have their own personality.  The question is, are you willing to deal with their personality or not?