The Home Inspection: 5 Mistakes Made by Buyers and Sellers

1. Not Researching the Inspector

“The inspection is only as good as the inspector doing it,” says Troy Bloxom, past president of the National Association of Home Inspectors.

Always do your research to find a certified, experienced inspector that you feel confident will do a thorough job. 

2. Not Attending the Inspection

“If they don’t see it, they don’t understand it,” says Alden E. Gibson, a past president of the American Society of Home Inspectors.

While inspections may last a long time, you can always ask your Inspector or Realtor what time they think they’ll be wrapping things up. Plan to be there an hour or more before the Inspection should be completed so you have plenty of time to ask questions and see what’s going in to the report. 

3. Not Reading the Inspection Report

Always make sure you understand what the problems are on the report and speak with the Inspector to get the full picture and estimates for repairs.

4. Not Getting A Pre-Sale Inspection

Waiting on the buyers to get the first inspection of the home can lead to a few problems. Most notably, once the inspection does come in the sellers do not have much time to get the needed repairs done. This timeline means sellers may have to pay more out of pocket by using who is available, instead of the professional they would normally have chosen. 

5. Not Prepping the Home

Make sure to provide any keys the Inspector may need. Also clear any walkways and access points for the attics, basements, and closets. 

 

Original Article by RISMedia

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