The home inspection, if not done properly, can cost you a lot and jeopardize your bargaining position. It pays to be prepared!
An inspector who is a member of the ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) is a good choice. These inspectors are considered highly qualified and reliable.
Your Role in a Home Inspection:
1. Choose a home inspector who understands your situation as a home seller and is willing to guide you through the process.
2. Be prepared with questions on all the systems in the house and also the environmental issues the buyer may be concerned about. Some of the environmental issues may include lead paint notification, radon, UFFI and certification of the septic system.
3. Get organized and compile good records of each of the components and structural elements of the house. You can create a folder with files on each of the areas and make notes. Here are some of the components you may want to begin with: foundation, roof, heating system, air-conditioning, electrical service, water heater, septic system, deck, garden, fireplaces.
4. Try to think of all the questions you may be asked. Be prepared with suitable responses to the questions below:
- How would you describe the condition of the roof? What type of maintenance would be required going forward?
- Based on the geographical location of the home, is any special equipment needed? Is this home equipped to handle natural occurrences like a tornado, hurricane, floods or earthquake?
- Did you observe any safety issues? Considering that we will have children and pets in the home, do you recommend any enhancements or special proofing to avoid accidents?
- Are there any other hazards that may cause long-term health issues? Are there any environmental concerns regarding the location and the zoning that I need to know about?
- What is your estimate of the cost for fixing the major problem areas?
- Can you explain the structure of your report? Will you be able to provide me with a summary of the vital issues in the report?
- What section of the report will include information on energy efficiency and maintenance?
Please give me a call or send me an email to talk about your home inspection. I hope to hear from you soon.
Pat Ogle Associate Broker, CRS
Direct: (410) 224-0660
Office: (800) 847-9990 ext. 660
Cell: (410) 271-3086
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