When it comes to a home inspection, there are plenty of different things to be aware of, and things to think about. After all, home inspections are critical when it comes to real estate, whether you are the buyer or the seller. Because of that, it’s critical that you know exactly what to expect during a home inspection so you aren’t surprised or taken advantage of in any way during the process.
Here are just a few simple tips and tricks to know during your home inspection. Hopefully using these, you will be able to come to a home inspection more intelligently and shrewdly, and understand the inspection itself in a more technical sense:
Bring The Right Tools
First and foremost, schedule the home inspection during daylight hours so there is no question about what you are seeing if you go into dark rooms, basements, crawl spaces, and other areas in the home that are technical (and critical!). With that, bring the right tools – a flashlight, a step ladder, a tape recorder, and a circuit tester to test circuits. You need to be able to go anywhere in the home in a moment’s notice to ensure it is acceptable, so bring the right tools to make sure you are prepared, rather than leaving anything to chance.
Interview the Occupants
One major thing to be aware of during an inspection is the previous occupant’s experience. Interview them about the home and sit down with them asking open ended, leading questions. Ask them about damage history (including floods, leaking, moisture, termites, and more) and get to the bottom of their life in the home. This will help you as you become a detective working on behalf of your new home!
Take Notes and Make Conclusions
Many people go through home inspections as a part of the process, and yet the fail to truly process all the information they experienced during the inspection. That is, they don’t take notes or make conclusions on their own. Be aware that you’ll only get one crack at the home inspection – make notes, use the tape recorder, and constantly analyze and critique what you are seeing, so when you go back later to review the home inspection notes and papers, you can clearly remember what you liked about it, what you didn’t like, and what you think about the home in your final analysis.
All in all, it pays to be very, very thoughtful and present during home inspections. Keep notes and be meticulously aware of everything you see during the inspection process – that preparation will help you as you ultimately make a decision about the home and its potential in your life moving forward!