A home inspection is more than just checking the pipes. It’s a major event for the inspector (or should be). The process of a home inspection should be taken very seriously. If you’re buying a home, make sure not to make the mistakes listed below.

1. Hiring without Research

It’s very important that you hire the right help. The old adage, “you get what you pay for,” is certainly true here. Make sure you do your due diligence and find the right inspector. This inspector should be someone that comes highly recommended and has good references. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their background and experience.

2. Missing Class

You may be unaware, however, attending the inspection is recommended. Showing up during this time provides you with a learning opportunity. This is a great time to ask questions about the house and it’s utilities. A good inspector can give you an estimate of how much money you’ll need to put into repairs and upgrades.

3. Ignoring the Report

Did you get a sample report? If not, you’re already doing it wrong. When shopping for an inspector, it’s common to request and receive a sample report to know what to expect. After the inspection is complete, you will have an idea of what to look for. Don’t just glance over it, take some time to understand what the inspector put in the report. A knowledgable inspection professional will clearly outline what needs to be repaired, and how much to expect to pay for such repairs.

4. Forgoing the Inspection

If you’re a seller, this may be something you didn’t even consider. This is bad practice and something the seller should do prior to putting the house on the market. Knowing what the problems are, and fixing them will save money and hassle, and increase the chances of a successful sale.

5. Leaving the Laundry Out

Clean up after yourself. Unlock the doors, and clear the hallways. Remove obstacles from entrances and closet corners. Make it easy for the inspector to get in and out of every space they need in order to provide a thorough and complete inspection. If they can’t see it, they can’t inspect it.


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