Buyers are looking to protect themselves by obtaining a home inspection and find things that even the sellers did not know about or explore items they already disclosed to gain better insight.
Home Inspections: 4 Main Points
Let’s get right to the 4 biggest points, in no particular order: The first is focusing on is Major Defects such as structural failure. You will get so much information in reports with numerous photos. You must prioritize the things that really matter. Because if there is a major structural failure you might be paying way more than the home is worth if you have to fix that failure.
The second is “Anything That Can Lead” to Major Defects such a roof flashing leaking by a chimney. Nobody likes ticking time/money bombs.
Third, anything that can hinder the ability to finance, insure or occupy the home. No sense in purchasing a home and then not being able to use it fully or without peace!
Fourth, safety hazards. Realtors like to say “location, location, location,” but every home inspector I have spoken to always focus’s on “safety, safety, safety.” Fixing safety hazards and anything that can lead to major defects is typically not an expensive proposition and provides peace of mind to any buyer. Make sure you leverage what really matters with your realtor as you move forward in purchasing that house—fusing around with all the minutia, though required in a report, will probably get you passed by any house that has the “location, location, location,” you desire.
This is the first blog in a series on home inspections by Hariah Hutkowski: http://prsearchengine.com/hariah-hutkowski-introduces-blog-series-on-home-inspections/