From your side.
schedule should fit yours.
Arrange for the inspection when your contract
offer is accepted. Schedule yourself to be there so you see the condition of the
home firsthand and ask questions. A home inspection takes about two to three hours.
Find out WHEN you'll get the final report back�make sure it's in time for
Make Sure You Read What's In It And know it well.
the final inspection report carefully. Make sure it includes a clear, objective
evaluation of the home, including immediate defects and any potential problems.
Get your inspector to answer any questions about the report well before closing
Don't Accept Vague Answers Or ambiguous data!
a vague answer: Bathtub in POOR condition.
What does that tell you? Zip!
It doesn't tell you if the tub is repairable or needs to be replaced. Is it made
from fiberglass, ceramic, or composite? Is it minor wear or deep dents and scratches?
You need a full description and a recommendation for curing each problem.
the Technical Talk No jargon here.
While your inspector is still
on site, ask questions regarding terms or conditions you may not understand. Get
technical jargon clarified into layman's terms. For instance, what does it mean
if the inspector says the concrete foundation has "common" cracks? Translation:
common cracks occur normally during concrete curing and or shrinkage.
the NUMBER ONE rule for handling an inspection? UNDERSTAND the report completely.
That means reading it carefully and asking questions.
You Need to Be
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