What Your Home Inspector Wants You to Know

houseWhether you are buying or selling a home in the Cedar Rapids area, the home inspection process can be a scary time.  For sellers, you are reminded of maintenance that you haven’t got to yet.  For buyers, it could mean heartbreaking news that something is seriously wrong with the house they fell in love with.

Here are things that your home inspector wants you to know before they do and inspection on a house.

For Sellers

Pets

Even though a home inspector loves pets they would still feel terrible if a pet got out on accident.  Be sure and put your pet somewhere they won’t be able to get out and out of the way of the inspection.  The home inspector and buyers, if they choose to be there, are going to be coming in and out of the exterior doors to complete the inspection.

Clutter

Please make sure you get rid of the clutter in your home before the home inspector arrives.  It can make a huge difference for the inspector as well as the buyers.  Trying to dig through clutter during the inspection can ruin the experience for the buyers.

For Buyers

Problems

After your home inspector is done they will give you a list of things that will need to be done.  Don’t panic!  The list will tell you how either minor or major the problem is.  The home inspector will give you a checklist of what you will need to do.  This will include items for the roof, electrical, furnace/central air, and plumbing.  The home inspector will let you know what needs to be fixed right away and what can wait.  The list will also give you a rough estimate of how long something will last.

Fixing the Problem

Almost anything can be fixed.  I know you have all heard of mold, radon, and asbestos.  They might be scary but a roof that is needing repaired can be just as scary.  Just remember that everything can be upgraded, fixed, or replaced.  Having a list of the problems will give you a better idea of what you are getting into.

Water

Something you can worry a little more about is water.  Remember, everything can be fixed.  This is a problem that you are going to want addressed before closing or immediately after.

Be sure and pay close attention to the basement.  A wet basement is one of the harder fixes not to mention expensive.  Be sure and look for puddles and leaky ceilings.  This could be a problem with the roof or a plumbing problem.  Also, be sure and read the seller’s disclosure.  This has information on what repairs have been done to the house and when.  It will also tell you if there has been water in the basement.

Crystal Balls

Your home inspector can give you a rough estimate on when your roof will need to be replaced but can not give you a accurate timeline.  They also don’t have x-ray vision so they won’t be able to look through walls to see any problems that are there.

Finding a Balance

You have fallen in love with the house that you want but after the inspection all you see is dollar signs.  You should sit down and rationally think about if this is the right investment for you.  I know it can be a hard decision when you are reading through the home inspection but depending if you are looking at a major renovation there are some things can be put off for a little while.

Buying and Selling a home can be tough.  As a Real Estate Professional, with many years experience, I can help you through the process.  Call me today to see how I can help you.

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