What Matters In A Home Inspection

Home Inspector with Holmes Inspection Company

  What Really Matters ..........

  Buying a home? The process can be stressful. A home inspection is supposed to give you peace

of mind, but often has the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time. This often includes a written report, checklist, photographs, environmental reports, and what the inspector himself says during the inspection. All this combined with the seller's disclosure and what you notice yourself makes the experience even more overwhelming.


What should you do? Relax. Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies and minor imperfections. These are nice to know about. However, the issues that really matter will typically fall into 4 categories:

 1)  Major defects:  An example of this would be a structural failure.

2)  Things that lead to major defects:  A small roof-flashing leak, for example.

3)  Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home.

4)  Safety hazards: Such as an exposed, live wire at the electric panel.

 Anything in these categories should be addressed. Often a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4). Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection. Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report. No home is perfect. Keep things in perspective. Don't kill your deal over things that don't matter. It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed on the seller's disclosure, or nit-picky items.


The above is an excerpt from "Sell Your Home For More" by Nick Gromicko.

 Copyright (C) 1997 Nick Gromicko


Comments (2)

Jennifer Zammit
Realty Executives Elite Ltd. - London, ON

I think I speak for a lot of Realtors when I say we don't want deals killed over nit picky things. We rely on the Home Inspector not blowing something out of proportion and actually it is helpful if they offer up the solution on the spot with options such as the cost of doing the repair themselves or having it professionally done. It provides some comfort and gives them some control in decision making.

Aug 11, 2009 11:51 AM
Jerry Spicer
Sonoran Property Inspections LLC - Scottsdale, AZ

I think your post gets to heart of every home inspection business. It's really a shame to have an agent lose an inspection because a buyer sees items in the report that really are neglected home owner maintenance and will likely not cost much to correct. The sad fact of the matter is this, the inspector is just doing what they are being PAID to do, give the buyer a snap shot of the condition of the home on the day of the inspection. I think every buyer thinks they are buying a "perfect" home and have an un-realistic mind set from the get go. It seems to be a constant juggle to report on the condition of the home but not upset the apple cart and be an alarmist while giving the buyer information.

Aug 11, 2009 11:54 AM