Fort Wayne First Time Home Buyer's Guide - Step 6 - The Inspection.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843

Fort Wayne First Time Home Buyer's Guide - Step 6 - The Inspection.

Once we have an accepted offer, it's time to have the home inspected.  If you don't have an inspector that you personally know, we can provide you with a list of Fort Wayne home inspectors and share our experience with the inspectors we have worked with in the past. 

It is YOUR choice who you use.  

Once you choose an inspector you will give them a call and provide them with the following information:  That we are your Realtors®.  The property address.  The listing agent's office and phone number (he will call the office and set it up).  When the inspection needs to be completed by. 

The inspector expects to be paid at the inspection.  On an average sized home (1,200-2,500 square feet), it will cost around $275 - $325.  

Inspections normally take about an hour or so.  One of us will stop by the home towards the end of the inspection to get a summary from the inspector.  The inspector will then email us a copy of the inspection (usually within 24 hours), and then we will discuss what repairs we want to ask for, if there are any.

If the inspector finds some MAJOR items wrong with the home, we can walk.  Major includes anything that makes the home uninhabitable, such as large amounts of mold, major foundation issues, a bad roof, etc.  Each inspection is different, and sometimes Realtor®'s versions of "major items" is different.  We'll do our best to negotiate for you.  

If the inspection finds minor repairs needed, such as a small leak under the bathroom sink, or a window not quite closing properly, we can ask for the sellers to repair them, but they don't have to.  

Inspections can be tricky, but with our experience and knowledge, we will be able to help you through them. 

Man, this blog is getting long...  

A couple of home inspection tips:  

*  ASK QUESTIONS.  The inspectors we recommend the most are what we like to call "teaching" inspectors.  They give tips for home maintenance.  Ask away.  

*  Make sure they are thorough.  Make sure they get in the crawl space.  Make sure they get on the roof.  Make sure they get in the attic.   

Next Up:  The Appraisal.  

Step 1:  Get Pre-Approved.

Step 2:  Meet With Us.

Step 3:  Looking At Homes.

Step 4:  Write The Offer.

Step 5:  Now What?

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Fort Wayne Realtors Jared and Amanda Christiansen with Century 21 Bradley

Amanda Christiansen is an award winning Realtor with Christiansen Group Realty.


Jared Christiansen is a business partner and in charge of marketing and taking care of things behind the scene.


Enough about us...


Tell us what you want your real estate experience to be, and we will do it YOUR way.


Buying a home in Fort Wayne? Tell us your wants and needs. Let us know how you envision your family living.  Tell us what's important to YOU, and we'll find the community and home that fits.  


Selling your home in Fort Wayne?  Our job is to make you the most money possible in the shortest amount of time. We offer our sellers professional staging, professional photography, and more internet marketing than most. 


We are committed to giving you everything we have to offer.  We are both full time agents and will work around your schedule.  Do nights and weekends work better for you?  NO PROBLEM. We are here to help YOU at YOUR convenience.


Amanda can be reached at 260-704-0843, and Jared can be reached at 260-704-0842, or you can email us at, or




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Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Jared and Amanda,

This is great information for your consumers, and it is IMPORTANT to have a home inspector who is willing to get dirty by going into those tight fitting crawl spaces.  Earlier this spring a home inspector found three gas line leaks under a house and it was scary to think about what might have happened had this inspector not caught it!  (The buyers had a smoker in the family!)

Jun 16, 2012 09:28 AM #1
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Wow Bruce!  That's pretty scary!  

We had an inspector removed from our list because he was overweight and couldn't (and wouldn't) get into crawlspaces and attics, and would NOT get on roofs.  He used binoculars instead.  

Not trying to be rude, but if you can't do the job, I'm not sending you business.  

Jun 16, 2012 09:48 AM #2
Nathan Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Davenport, FL
Your Central Florida Real Estate Expert

I work with a lot of investors who are pretty seasoned. And even with them I advise getting a home inspection. 2 sets of eyes is better than one.

Jun 19, 2012 12:57 AM #3
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