Whether you’re a buyer or seller, there’s a question of what is a home inspection and what will happen next?
A home inspector is an individual that you hire to carry out a home inspection on a home that you are purchasing. There are a few key things to consider:
- Selecting a inspector: Choose an inspector after doing your research because not all inspectors provide the same level of quality, knowledge or service. Note that only qualified OAHI members can use the designation of Registered Home Inspector (RHI). Another great way to find an inspector you can trust is a recommendation from your REALTOR or someone who has used one in the purchase of their home.
- You should plan to attend the appointment with the inspector to receive the details and feedback first-hand. Your inspector will convey the overall health of the home and highlight any major concerns to you.
- You, your agent and the inspector will meet at the home you plan to purchase and it will take between 2-3 hours for most homes.
- Expect that unless there is a serious concern that must be addressed, that a home inspection for the most part is a report card on things you should be aware of for budgeting purposes when it comes to the repair and maintenance of your new home…
A home inspection is a different experience for you since you are neither selecting the home inspector, nor will you be present. Here are a few things to help you prepare:
- If you have private items you do not want to be found, make sure you put them away in your chattels — your wardrobe or cupboard — that is NOT affixed to you home and will be coming with you when you move. Remember that the inspector’s job is to check many aspects of the home in preparation for the buyer to take possession so they may be in closets, bathroom cupboards etc.
- Anticipate that an home inspection could uncover a serious concern that may need to be addressed by you hiring a company to repair or address the work or by a reduction in the sale price. The solution will be discussed based on the inspection report and other factors with your agent to decide what the best course of action may be for you as the homeowner.
- The home inspector will likely be accompanied by the client who will also be looking in your kitchen cupboards, closets and other spaces. This is normal but if it is a concern for you, don’t put too much weight on things being “messy”. People recognize that we all live busy lives and inspectors have seen just about everything. Overall, if your home is reasonable and you have been courteous in removing your household garbage for example, and maintained your home in “showing” condition, there’s no need to be embarrassed.
Learn more about what to expect in a home inspection by watching my video above!