How to Make Sense of Your Inspection Report
in Blowing Rock, Boone, Valle Crucis, Banner Elk, Seven Devils, Deep Gap or Ashe County?
You've done your due diligence by having a prospective home inspected for problems and necessary repairs. The inspector drops off his report, and you stare at it blankly, unsure what any of it means. Your home inspection report doesn't have any value until you can interpret it accurately, so use the following guide to understand every facet of this important document.
The most important sections of a home inspection report are arguably those containing potential health hazards, such as lead paint or radon gas findings. These are the sections that you should read first, because they might make or break your decision about buying the house. If there are significant health hazards at work here, you might be better off looking elsewhere. You can look up the findings online to find out how substantial the hazards are.
Next, look for the sections of your home inspection report that deal with structural soundness, such as your roof, your foundation and your walls. Check for any indications of faulty construction or corroding materials because these might mean expensive repairs just a few years down the road. You don't want to buy into thousands of dollars worth of damage without considering how this might impact your financial future.
Plumbing and Electricity
It is also important to look at the sections of your home inspection report that deal with plumbing and electricity. Problems with either one can mean costly repairs or even health hazards, so make sure everything is in working condition. Look for red flags, such as 'weak pipes', 'faulty breakers' or 'electrical shorts'. All of these things can indicate major problems that need to be fixed before you buy.
A good inspector will be perfectly willing to go over his home inspection report with you, and to answer any questions you might have. Although he cannot advise you about whether or not you should by the house, he can tell you how likely it is for a small problem to become a larger one. He can also give you the names and numbers of contractors so you can get estimates for repairs to send to the seller.
Give copies of the home inspection report to any contractors who come out to your house, and ask for their opinions on the situation. Explain that you haven't purchased the house yet, but are waiting to see what the repair costs will be. Ask for ballpark estimates from at least two contractors for every problem, then prepare a summary for the seller, who will need to be the one who conducts the repairs.
Some home inspection reports cover everything from foundation to termites, while others are far less inclusive and might leave out important factors. Compare your reports against blank forms on the Internet to find out if yours is complete, then order separate inspections for anything that has been left out.
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