By the time home inspection day rolls around, most buyers are too excited about landing their dream home (or too busy worrying what’s lurking beneath the surface) to focus fully on what’s ahead. That’s where a trusted Grand Rapids home inspector comes in. But, just because someone else is evaluating the bones of your potential buy doesn’t mean you shouldn’t, too!
Keep in mind these common slip-ups buyers make on inspection day, and you’ll be one step closer to closing on the home of your dreams, worry free!
Mistake #1: Skipping (Or Skimping On) Inspections
Even newer construction homes can have hidden issues. So, just because you’re not buying an early 1900s farmhouse doesn’t mean you should skip out on having things professionally inspected. An almost-equal offense? Doing inspections, but skimping to save costs. Don’t neglect important inspection add-ons that aren’t always included in the basic package, like radon testing or a septic system evaluation. Be sure to clarify with your home inspector which services are included in your base package, and invest in your future home by not cutting corners, even if it incurs additional costs.
Mistake #2: Not Showing Up On Inspection Day
While it’s your home inspector’s job to check out every nook and cranny of your potential home, it’s just as much your job to be present and take part in the process. After all, receiving an inspection report can be overwhelming, confusing, and downright frightening, since your inspector is required to report on every issue found. Being there alongside your inspector can give you the confidence to fully understand what you’re buying into, without taking the wind out of your sails.
Mistake #3: Being Too Involved
While most home inspectors prefer potential homebuyers be present for their inspection, there is such a thing as being too present. So, while it’s great to follow along, be sure to give your inspector the space to do what they do best. Hang back at the other side of the room so your inspector can address any questions or concerns along the way while not being distracted from the task at hand. Best of all, you can use this time to get a more detailed, drawn-out look at the house you might be buying.
Mistake #4: Not Being Involved Enough
Just as you can be too involved in your inspection, you can also do yourself a disservice by not being involved enough. So long as you hang back and respect your inspector’s space, making the rounds with the pros can help you learn a lot about your potential home. Depending on the style of your home inspector, they may go over potential concerns as they arise, rather than waiting for the recap and formal report to follow. Don’t miss the chance to learn the ins-and-outs of your would-be buy with a true, seasoned professional by your side!
Mistake #5: Expecting An Unrealistic Report
When we say an inspector has to include all of their findings in the inspection report, we mean ALL. The. Findings. So, even if buying a newer home, don’t expect to walk away from your inspection without a care in the world. The full report can seem like a daunting to-do list before you’ve even signed on the dotted line, but keep in mind: some items are just suggested maintenance, while others are immediate, must-make fixes and larger safety concerns. Pay close attention to your inspector’s report, as well as their on-site inspection day comments to get the full picture of which items to watch for down the line and which to address immediately.