How to Read Home Inspections

We Make Reading A Home Inspection Easy

It’s important to understand that in many instances, inspections are not very well written.  Inspections are designed to bring awareness to issues, but the inspector also has to consider his own liability.  Therefore, certain items on inspections will require scrutiny and attention, and some must be taken with a grain of salt.  An experienced real estate agent will help you dissect the inspection report to find which items are issues that need to be resolved, and which are standard for the area.

Some inspectors will flag items on a report that are not really an issue, and some will miss items on a report that really should be addressed. That is where the Curri Properties team comes in, we help you understand all of the specific details.

It’s important to remember that an inspector is not licensed in any specific trade, he is only licensed to perform the general inspection and generate the report, so he is not an expert in any trade.  If the inspection report shows issues that need addressed, then those issues should be addressed by a professional in that trade.

For example, if an inspector flags the air conditioner condenser for having corrosion, (corrosion on metal items is very common in coastal areas) that’s not a reason to walk away from the house.  It means it’s time to bring in a professional in the heating and air conditioning industry to come out and bring the inspection up to the next level.  If, in that professional’s opinion, the unit has enough corrosion to warrant replacement, then your real estate agent will negotiate that repair into the final agreement.

It’s the job of the real estate agent to guide the buyer, and negotiate any repairs and other issues, until all items are addressed, and the buyer is satisfied, and protected.

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The inspector’s job is to point out each any every item of interest on each property they inspect. If there are potential problems they will and should be notated. Many times items that seem to be quite overwhelming can be a quick fix such as changing out a door or replacing a light bulb. We will help you decide what is important and help you negotiate accordingly.

When there are potential problems we will ask that a licensed professional come to the property to assess the situation, this is the best way to discover not only the cost but the potential hazard of any item.

It may sound simple, but asking questions about a particular item may be the only way for you to discover what you are up against. Ask your agent, if they are unsure they will find the answer for you.

Often times the best solution for understanding the condition of the property is for you to accompany the inspector during their inspection. This gives you another chance to ask any questions that you may have.