If you are having a home inspection done, it is a more involved process than you would think. While it is not mandatory, you are encouraged to be present at your home inspection. Your home inspector will walk you through issues, why they are a problem, and what needs to be done to fix them. However, while you have a home inspector present – someone who has seen every home issue under the sun – there are some good questions to get their opinion on.
Can You Go Through a Problem in Detail?
If there is anything they mark as a problem that you don’t fully understand, ask about it. Many inspectors will go into detail when you receive the report or find the issue, but they may not have the time to address everything that way. If you have any questions about an issue, don’t be afraid to ask.
Will an Issue Add On Costs Down the Road?
The real benefit of a home inspection is you can catch issues that may make a house wildly more expensive than you wanted it to be. A home inspector can give you a very rough estimate on the repair cost and any potential other issues it can cause down the road. For example, a roof leak is sometimes more than just a roof repair, you may also have to repair water damage as well.
Did You Check a Particular Issue?
Is there an issue you didn’t see on the sample report? Ask if it will be checked. Unfortunately, some issues are just difficult for a home inspector to see without poking holes in the wall. They can look for exterior signs of pest invasions like termites, for example, but they can’t tell if your home is infested with them.
What to Fix Before Moving Into the Home?
If a home has some issues, you may want to get the home inspector’s opinion on what should be fixed before moving into a home. Some issues can be repaired while living in the home. However, other problems are best tangled with before you have all your stuff moved in.
At All County Inspections, we pride ourselves in being a resource for buyers and sellers. Quality home inspections give you added peace of mind during a significant step of the real estate process, so you should work with a home inspector that you trust. Give us a call today for home inspections in New Jersey!