For some, the process of home buying and home inspection is usually described as overwhelming, tedious and stressful. It is very rare that you hear someone say that their home inspection was filled of endless peace and tranquility. However, with the right inspector and a clear understanding of the process, a level of Zen can be accomplished. As we explain, you will see that the “nightmare” of an inspection will be nothing more than an old wives tale.
It is important to understand that a certified home inspection does not eliminate you from any sort of troubles in the foreseeable future. A visit from Accurate Home Inspection will provide you a result report, which will state the condition of the home and property on all observable and tested spaces and systems. This is where understanding comes in. An inspector cannot predict or ensure you an exact amount of time a system has left on its lifespan. Therefore, a home inspection is simply a way to help reduce the risk involved with purchasing a home – not eliminate it.
This second point is centered around a common myth attached to the home buying process: the belief that the current homeowner must fix everything. Wrong. Understand that after you read the inspection report provided to you by your home inspector, you must set up a meeting with your realtor to discuss any issues or concerns. If you feel that the asking price is not in accordance with the expected repairs and found condition of the home, you will create an amendment with your realtor negotiating either owner repairs or monetary considerations.
Another stress-inducing factor is the red ink seen on the inspection report. It is important not to start panicking immediately. We recommend focusing on the context of the red ink rather than the amount of it, because it is very common for an inspector to note all explanations.
Communication is key. Whether it’s your significant other, family member, realtor and even your inspector, communicating your concerns and questions will help further your understanding, which will make this entire process more relaxed. To eliminate stress, confusion and frustration, ask your home inspector to explain any words or statements you don’t understand. They will be happy to provide any insight necessary to put you at ease.
Call Accurate Home Inspection today and allow us to help you make the home buying process a bit easier.