What to Expect at Your Inspection

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So your offer has been accepted and you’re ready to move forward with buying a new home. Before you go into contract, though, you want to make sure that the house you’re buying is not a money pit. Remember that all that glitters is not gold. True structural problems are often not visible to the average buyer, and this is where the inspection comes in. Though these days anyone can go on Zillow and find out nearly everything they want to know about homes for sale, what the internet cannot provide is how these homes truly work. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure that your inspection provides you with knowledge of the home and comfort you need to feel to move forward.

  • First things first, be sure to hire someone who has comes recommended – most likely your realtor will have someone he or she trusts, but if you’ve done your research, it is ultimately your choice. If you have spoken with enough trusted sources who have advised that they highly recommend a particular inspector, you should go with your gut.
  • Show up on inspection day. A good inspector they will show you how the house works. Think of this as an education. If you are buying the house with a spouse or partner, you should both do your best to be there. If only one person can be present, take notes and be ready to share your information.
  • My go to inspector will arrive with four people. They will go through the entire house from top to bottom, from roof to basement. They will open any electrical boxes, test for radon in the air and in the water if you have a well. While they can’t pull up carpets or look behind heavy furniture, they’re going to see everything they possibly can.
  • After they go through the entire house, they should give you a tour to show you their findings. While no inspector is perfect, they should give you a good understanding of the house, and catch the major issues: asbestos, possible buried oil tank, cracks in the foundation, to name a few.
  • An inspector and his or her team should provide a printed report, which is often presented as a full binder of information. I highly recommend that you keep this binder in a safe place if you do go ahead with your purchase of the property. This is valuable information that you can refer to as the new homeowner.

Though it may seem like a mere formality, the inspection is actually a very key component of the buying process. I have been involved in an inspection that ended with the inspector advising the buyers to absolutely not invest in the house. While this is not what anyone wants to hear, in the long run, these are unbiased professionals who have your best interests in mind. When you finally have those keys in your hands, you want to feel confident that you have acquired a valuable asset. Stay tuned for future posts where I will highlight other key elements of the real estate process in Connecticut.

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