You did it! You purchased a new place and can hardly contain your excitement about packing up your stuff and enjoying your new home. But first, you need to make it through that pesky little thing known as a home inspection.
Yes, home inspections can seem like a bit of a drag—particularly when you’re eager to just get unpacked and settled. But, trust me, you definitely want one. A home inspector will be able to point out any issues (both small and large) that should be addressed before you move in—meaning you won’t have to pay for them yourself. Plus, there’s a lot to be said for the peace of mind you get from knowing that your new residence is completely safe and sturdy.
If you’ve never been through a home inspection before, you might be wondering what to expect. So, I’ve rounded up a few things that you should be sure to keep in mind!
1. It’s going to take some time.
As you might expect, going through a home from top to bottom with a fine-tooth comb takes some time. So, don’t anticipate dashing in and out of there in thirty minutes—unless you have a really terrible, sloppy, and negligent inspector. The time needed for a thorough home inspection varies, but you should be prepared to set aside at least two or three hours to get it done.
2. You’re there to learn.
Yes, your inspector is likely super knowledgable and handy to have around. But, remember, he or she won’t be living with you. So, you’re going to need to know at least a little something about many of the things the inspector is pointing out. Go around the entire house with your inspector—any quality home inspector will explain important things to you as they go.
3. There will probably be issues.
Very few (if any) inspectors leave a home with absolutely nothing to report. So, chances are, your inspector will find at least one or two things that need to be fixed up in your new home. They could be small things, or they could be large fixes that will allow you to renegotiate the purchase price of the home. Whatever it is—just be prepared that you likely won’t waltz out with absolutely nothing on your to-do list.
4. Be prepared to pay.
Purchasing a home is expensive, and there are tons of little pieces involved that end up costing you spare change. And, your home inspection is one of those pieces. Again, the cost of your inspection can vary based on your location and the size of your home, but you should be prepared to spend at least a couple hundred dollars on a thorough inspection of your home.
5. Don’t hesitate to ask questions.
It’s not often that you’ll have such a great resource strolling through your home with you. So, remember to take advantage of the opportunity! Ask any burning questions you have on your mind—no matter how silly or insignificant they may seem. The inspector is there to help you.
6. Ask for recommendations.
When you receive instructions about which things need to be repaired, remember to ask your inspector for recommendations on who he or she would suggest to fix that particular issue. Home inspectors have tons of connections in their back pocket that they can refer to you. So, go ahead and ask!
Home inspections are nerve-wracking to begin with. But, they’re particularly anxiety-inducing if you’ve never been through one before! Keep these tips and tricks in mind, and you’re well on your way to a successful, effective inspection of your new home.
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