What to do when your Home Inspection finds a problem

The home buying process is a lengthy one, and many buyers rush through or even forgo the home inspection. It’s important that you don’t make the same mistake! Professional home inspections can save you time and money, or even prevent you from making a disastrous deal. The question isn’t if the inspector will find something wrong. All homes have defects. There is no such thing as a perfect house. Even new homes have imperfections.

However, if an inspector notes a problem, and the seller agrees to repair it, in many states, it’s considered a courtesy for the inspector to verify the repair without charging for a return visit. In other states inspectors charge for a return trip. When you interview inspectors, ask upfront about fee policy.

I have compiled a quick list of some serious home problems that can be found during a home inspection and what you should do.

Bad Foundation

Unless you can negotiate a price reduction to cover cost, walk away. Worn roof most likely it will need to be replaced. If the seller will not do so, negotiate a lower price.

Termite Infestation

The house is probably in need of expensive structural repairs. Unless the seller is willing to help pay, it’s probably not a good investment.

Outdated Wiring

This can be expensive to correct, and is a dangerous problem. Negotiate with the seller after getting an estimate from an electrician.

Damaged Shower Pan

Get an estimate from a contractor if you find water under the shower, and negotiate with the seller to cover costs.

Protecting your investment, especially one as special as a new home, is crucial. An expert home inspection is often the most important step in securing that protection. If you have questions on Home Inspections or any part of the home buying process please, Don’t hesitate to Contact Me!


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