It doesn’t matter whether you’re buying or selling, the home inspection process is kind of scary. For sellers, it’s blunt reminder of the issues you’ve been avoiding. and for buyers, it often spells heartbreak. You fall in love with a home, only to find a lemon basket of problems.
So, yes, home inspections come with a little anxiety, on both side, but don’t let it stress you out. Remember, your inspector is not there to stress you out. They simply want to create a comprehensive to do list, and really, a happy client.
So, don’t fear the home inspector. Make the inspector part of your team and your process will be much easier and much for effective. Knowledge is key here, for both buyers and sellers.
Here are some things your inspector wants you to know:
1. Move your pets
We know your new puppy is a cutie pie, but even if your inspector is an animal lover, having pets running around while the inspection is going on makes the job more difficult. So, for your inspectors sake, get the dog out of the house. You’re inspector will appreciate this.
Inspections often require opening exterior doors again and again and again, making it super easy for your little guy to jail break to freedom. Which will only stress you out more, right? So, remember to take your pet with you when you leave your home for inspection.
2. Don’t forget to clean
Whether you plan on being there for the inspection or not, You really should clean up a bit. I mean you don’t need to scrub like your mother in law is coming over, but get rid of the clutter. It really does make a huge difference to your inspector and obviously the homebuyer. So, make a good impression.
The inspection is often the first time the buyers are kind of alone in the house for an extended period of time. A messy home can spoil the experience.
1. Your potential home will have problems
Your home inspector will likely come up with a long, seemingly endless list of problems. Expect this! Relax. Remember, your inspector is on your side. Every single home, everywhere, has problems, even the home inspectors. They are there to give you the full picture!
Sure, there are times to worry, but not every single issue is super critical. Your inspector will let you know what issues to deal with first. Breathe.
2. Anything can be fixed…well, almost anything.
We all know the Evil Three of home inspections; Mold, Radon, Asbestos, and yes these things can be frightening… but, no more frightening than a roof that needs to be replaced. There have been a lot of articles about these three and really, all they do is scare people. Here’s the truth:
Don’t worry too much about Mold and Radon. Seriously, everything is Upgradeable, Fixable, orReplaceable, you just need to know exactly what those things are.
3. One thing you should worry about is water
Here’s one problem you should stress about. While not necessarily a deal breaker (remember almost anything can be fixed) it’s best to address any water-related issues before the deal closes.
Make special note of puddles and leaky ceilings, giving special attention to the basement. Water issues in the basement can be an expensive and difficult fix.
4. Home inspectors can’t predict the future
Often, buyers ask questions like, “how many more years will this roof last?” And your inspector may be able to give you a good estimate, but they cannot give you a precise timeline. There are no crystal balls in an inspectors tool kit. They can simply tell you what they see.
5. Don’t buy with your heart. Don’t buy with your brain either. Find a healthy balance.
Don’t let the potential for repairs stop you from buying that dream home. It’s easy to forget how much you love a home as you imagine the cost of said repairs…just take a deep breath. Think for a moment. Could this be a good investment in your future? This is not an easy process, but if you approach it level headed, realistic and optimistic, you’ll come to the right conclusion.
Your inspector’s visit will simply provide a to-do list, but not everything needs fixing immediately, unless the roof is caving in, so don’t let a long to-do list weaken your love for the home. Just take a deep breath and work through these things one at a time.