The process of purchasing a home can be overwhelming, especially for new buyers. By the time you have actually found the right home, made an offer, and negotiated a final price, the home inspection can easily be rushed or overlooked. But this a crucial step for buying a home! You may feel ready to move in, but getting a professional residential inspection with Bryan & Bryan Inspections is the only way to know your new investment is secure. Avoid these common mistakes to get the most out of your home inspection.
1. Skimping on Inspection Services
A residential home inspection from Bryan & Bryan already includes a visual assessment of many of your home’s features, including the structure, foundation, roof, HVAC, plumbing system, and more. But forgoing additional specialty inspections such as termite inspections or pool inspections can leave you susceptible to some major financial risks. The more information you have on your home, the better!
2. Not Being Present for the Inspection
It can be tempting to let the home inspector just do his or her job and read the final report later, but don’t fall prey to this mentality. Hearing the inspector’s comments directly is the best way to arm yourself with the knowledge needed to make an informed decision about your home. It can also be an opportune time to take a closer look at parts of your home that you typically would not.
3. Expecting a Perfect Report
Remember, a home inspection is not a pass/fail test. Every home has flaws, and it can be normal to receive a long list of “deficiencies”. The key is to ask questions about your home inspection report and understand the magnitude of each issue recorded. From there, it’s always a good idea to make a list of “must-repair” and “nice-to-repair” items.
4. Focusing on the Small Things
A professional home inspection gives you the chance to see potential “red flags” in your investment. Those are the faults you want to clarify when negotiating the purchase of your home. But presenting the seller with a laundry list of every single little detail from the inspection report may deter them from moving forward with the sale. It’s best to present the seller with a reasonable list of “top priority” repairs.
If you want to schedule a home inspection as a buyer, contact us at (281) 484-8318. You can also get a free quote or make an appointment online at your convenience. Bryan & Bryan Inspections serves home buyers and sellers throughout the greater Houston, TX, area, including Katy, Sugar Land, The Woodlands, and Pearland.