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Home Buying Guide
March 18, 2024

7 Must-Know Guidelines: How to Navigate Home Inspections Safely as a Buyer

7 Must-Know Guidelines: How to Navigate Home Inspections Safely as a Buyer

After months of online browsing, numerous home showings, and updates from your real estate agent, you've finally found the perfect home. With your offer accepted, you might think the hard part is over. However, before committing financially, it's crucial to understand exactly what you're purchasing. Falling for a beautiful home with hidden issues is a nightmare scenario.


Enter the home inspection. This step is essential in the real estate process, offering a comprehensive examination of the property's structures and systems, covering everything from the roof to the foundation.


1. Disregarding the Home Inspection from the Outset

Some home buyers may consider skipping an inspection to gain a competitive edge, especially in a bustling sellers’ market with numerous offers. However, even seemingly perfect homes can harbor hidden issues undetectable to the untrained eye, including newly constructed properties.


An inspection is vital as it reveals the home's condition and potential problems, safeguarding your family's health and safety. By uncovering issues like pests, structural flaws, or mold, you can avoid costly surprises later on. Additionally, inspection reports provide leverage for negotiating repairs.


Furthermore, it's essential not to overlook additional inspections tailored to your property, such as mold, radon, lead, sewer, or septic system assessments


2. Hiring the Cheapest Inspector

When it comes to hiring a home inspector, it's tempting to go with the cheapest option to save a few bucks. However, considering the significant investment you're making in your new home, it's crucial to prioritize quality over cost. While I always strive to provide my clients with top-notch recommendations, including highly reputable inspectors, the choice is ultimately yours.


Thorough research is key in finding the right inspector for your needs. Alongside my guidance as your trusted real estate agent, it's important to seek out reviews and recommendations from friends and family. Take the time to reach out to multiple inspectors to compare their fees, experience levels, and the services they offer.


During your conversations with potential inspectors, don't hesitate to ask about their backgrounds, experience, and track record. Verify their certifications, credentials, and insurance coverage to ensure they're qualified to inspect your future home. Additionally, inquire about the technology they use and request a sample report to gauge the level of detail they provide.


Ultimately, the goal is to hire someone who is trustworthy, competent, and approachable. You should feel comfortable asking questions and discussing any concerns you may have about your prospective home. While I'm always here to assist you in any way I can, including sharing my resources, the decision ultimately rests in your hands.



3. Not attending the Inspection

While not mandatory, it's unwise to overlook attending the home inspection in favor of reviewing the report later. Even with a thorough report and images, being present offers unique insights. Seize this opportunity to acquaint yourself with the property, examining systems, appliances, and layouts firsthand.

If unable to attend the entire inspection, prioritize being present towards the end for a personalized explanation from the inspector. Alternatively, if attendance isn't feasible, arrange for an in-person or phone discussion to review the report comprehensively.


4. Overinvolvement

Alternatively, it's important to strike a balance and avoid being excessively present or involved during the inspection. While accompanying the inspector, refrain from shadowing them too closely or engaging in lengthy discussions about minor cosmetic issues, as this can divert attention from critical areas of the home. Additionally, resist the urge to take on tasks reserved for the inspector or compromise safety for either yourself or the inspector.


5. Expecting for a Perfect Report

It's important to recognize that no home is flawless, not even newly constructed ones. Given the detailed nature of home inspection reports, they often reveal numerous flaws, ranging from minor to major. Rather than being alarmed by these imperfections, it's essential to understand that they're a normal part of homeownership.


Avoid being the buyer who demands perfection, as this could lead to the seller rejecting your offer. Instead, focus on identifying major issues that may require extensive repairs. Your real estate agent can assist in determining which problems need attention and how to approach the seller regarding repairs or price adjustments. However, it's unrealistic to expect sellers to address every minor item listed in the inspection report.


6. Avoid Asking Questions

You've enlisted the inspector for their professional insight, so don't hesitate to leverage their expertise fully. Feel free to inquire about any aspect of the inspection report that seems unclear, as understanding the severity of each issue can aid in future repair planning. Failing to ask questions might leave you uninformed about significant concerns that could impact your home purchase.


However, refrain from seeking advice from your home inspector regarding whether or not to proceed with the purchase, as they cannot make that decision for you. Instead, rely on the information provided in the report to make a well-informed choice. Your experienced real estate agent should be your go-to resource for guidance on your significant investment.


7. Skipping the Reinspection After Negotiated Repairs

In addition to requesting receipts as proof of completed repairs, it's prudent to go a step further and arrange for a follow-up inspection. Whether conducted by your original home inspector or another qualified professional, this evaluation ensures that the seller's repairs were executed properly, rather than just as a quick fix. Though there may be an added cost, this proactive measure provides invaluable peace of mind and prevents potential expenses for redoing repairs down the line.


In conclusion, navigating the home inspection process is a critical step in ensuring a smooth and successful home purchase. By avoiding common mistakes such as skipping inspections, hiring the cheapest inspector, or expecting a flawless report, buyers can make informed decisions and protect their investment. Remember you can attend the inspection after the inspectors is finished and ask questions to fully understand the property's condition. With the guidance of a trusted real estate agent and thorough research, buyers can confidently move forward in the home buying journey, knowing they've taken the necessary precautions to make a sound investment in their future home.



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Mandi, Your Trusted Orlando Real Estate Expert

Your journey to a successful home sale starts here. Contact me today for expert guidance tailored to your unique Oviedo and Orlando home.



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