The home buying process can be stressful. A home inspection is designed to give you peace of mind and in the long run, it will. To make the most of your inspection before you buy, you'll need to make sure you give your inspection report the proper level of attention. This may sound like common sense but in reality the home inspection is one of several processes of buying a home that can be happening at the same time and all deserve appropriate attention. We have compiled information and resources regarding the home inspection process for Home Buyer convenience. The more you know about the process, the better able to ask the right questions and express legitimate concerns to your Realtor and Home Inspector. Be sure to check out the resource links at the bottom of this page.
The majority of defects revealed on a typical Home Inspection Report tend to be maintenance recommendations, notations regarding life expectancy of appliances and other home systems and minor imperfections. Keep track of the report so you can minor repairs to once you move in; these repairs can save you a lot of headaches in the future. For now, remember that minor imperfections are to be expected. Don't sweat the small stuff.
Four main defects that AREcause for concern:
1. Safety hazards. For example, exposed, live buss bar at the electric panel. 2. Anything that hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy or insure the home. 3. Deficiencies that can become major defects. A small roof-flashing leak, for example. 4. Major defects. An example would be a structural failure.
If any of the above are identified by your home inspector, discuss them with your Realtor right away.
Finally, you should not have to worry about the quality of your Home Inspection and report. New York State regulates licensing of home inspectors and dictate systems that that must be included in the inspection. Ask potential inspectors what you can expect from them before you hire.