A Home Inspection Report Doesn't Mean You Have to Run for the Hills

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Executive Realty Norfolk County MA REALTOR

A Home Inspection Report Doesn't Mean You Have to Run for the Hills

A home inspector will check the circuit box in the houseA home inspector's job is to provide buyers with a documented, professional opinion of a home. They do this by visually evaluating the home inside and out, and by testing the home's systems and appliances to determine their current condition.

A home inspector will identify areas that do not meet the local building code and that are identifiable as unsafe. But, the home inspector's report doesn't mean  you have to run for the hills. The home inspector's job is to point out everything that she or he sees and finds upon testing. It doesn't mean that the house is a disaster! You may have to walk away from a house that looks like this!

While there are the rare occasions when a home inspector may tell buyers, "I think you should walk away from this house" the inspector will usually recommend that the buyers consult with a subject expert such as a structural engineer, electrician, plumber, etc. 

There is no such thing as a perfect house!
Every house...even brand new construction...will have something that is not exactly perfect and sometimes has to be corrected. GFCI outlets are a relatively inexpensive and easy fix for an electricianAn exterminator can treat for ants

The point is that most items are correctable. The question comes down to how much money it will take and who is going to pay for it. That's a discussion that takes place with your Realtor who then negotiates on your behalf with the Sellers' agent. 

If you have made an offer on a home, put down a binder deposit and paid for a home inspection, it is worth your while to see whether you and the sellers can reach a mutually satisfactory agreement following a home inspection. crown molding mistakes can be corrected by a contractor or handyman

Walking away before this discussion takes place doesn't usually have to do with the home inspection. It may mean the buyers rushed into making a decision about a property with which, on second thought, they're not comfortable.

Unless you've been warned off of a property, take the time to talk with your Realtor, let her  guide you in identifying the key home inspection issues and have her discuss them with the sellers' agent. Buyers getting ready to close on a home!You still have the option to walk away if you are not satisfied with the outcome of the discussion with the sellers. But, you may find that things are resolved to your satisfaction and you'll be able to move on to the next step towards buying your new home!

When you're ready to buy or sell your home, call Nina Rogoff, RE/MAX Executive Realty 781-883-3764 www.ninarogoff.com

 

 

 

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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Nina Rogoff congrats on feature.

Working with buyers, my first advice is - no home is perfect!

And second one - home inspection is not for renegotiation on price - as long as seller understands that these issues should be fixed, if they are genuine.

Nov 28, 2014 02:24 PM #14
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Laura Cerrano
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Don't run for the hills, but prepare the hills you are already on--know what I mean?

Nov 28, 2014 02:42 PM #15
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Laura Cerrano
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Praful, I like that you kind of prepare your clients mentally ahead of time. Love it!

Nov 28, 2014 02:44 PM #16
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Sham Reddy CRS
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Thanks Nina for sharing your thoughts on a very important subject like this

Nov 28, 2014 07:46 PM #18
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Mike Belobradic
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First time home buyers often need some assistance interpreting the home inspection, since that binder filled with fairly standard wear and tear items (generally speaking) can sometimes sound like the house is falling down to those not familiar with home maintenance and systems.

Nov 28, 2014 08:51 PM #19
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Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
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As Mike Belobradic mentioned, preparing your Buyers is very important. I refuse to ask for a reduction in price because one of the bedroom windows "sticks". Also, if my Buyer does not want to do a home inspection I will always try and change their mind.

Nov 28, 2014 09:15 PM #20
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Jenna Dixon
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Well deserved feature and a great explanation regarding expectations.

Nov 28, 2014 09:19 PM #21
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Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
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Nina, a couple things to point out, just so there is no confusion.

The home inspector is not a code officer and does not cite specific codes. Items found may be code violations but there are so many variances of certain codes from town to town, it would be impossible for any inspector to know them all. 

No inspector with a brain in his head would ever, and I mean ever tell a client not to buy a house. The inspector's job is to observe and report, the decision to buy is not the inspectors, but a decision made by the buyer and their agent. 

Nov 28, 2014 09:20 PM #22
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Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
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Nina,

So true.  A home inspection is for the sole purpose of informing the Buyer about everything about the house and property.  The report may look huge, but it will have everything from small tears in window screens to major issues such as septics and wells.  This way, the Buyer has a better idea about the house and property and can make a better decision as to what they want to do in regards to the repairs and corrections.

Brigita

Nov 28, 2014 11:09 PM #23
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Nina Hollander
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I spend a lot of time explaining to cliens that there is no such thing as a perfect home and that the purpose of an inspection is to (a) let them know "if they should run for the hills" because of serious structural issues and (b) let them know what they might need to focusing in on in terms of home maintenance once they are the owners.

Nov 28, 2014 11:24 PM #24
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Geoff ONeill
John L. Scott Medford - Medford, OR

I tried to install crown molding once.  Ughhh.   Anyway - yes, the home inspection is for informational purposes, and to point out large issues, which might cause a termination, some issues the seller will need to address before close, but also to point out small issues, which are a great to-do list for the buyer. 

Nov 29, 2014 12:35 AM #25
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Charles Buell
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I would be willing to bet that most of my reports amount to a giant "Honey-do" list.  Some things may get negotiated---but that list is no where near as long as the honey-do list typically.

Nov 29, 2014 05:05 AM #26
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Gita Bantwal
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Some buyers are scared even when they see the maitenance tips offered by the inspector .

Nov 29, 2014 06:59 AM #27
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Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Medfield, MA
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Roy, I know I have learned a lot about homes from paying attention to home inspectors. 

Thanks, Christine...educating the buyers up front is key so they know that the house won't be "perfect" and it's not the sellers' responsibility to make it so. 

Ginny, maybe we need to start asking buyers at the first meeting not only about what they are looking for but what they think will happen at a home inspection. That way we can correct misperceptions early on.

Walt...I'd love to read a post from a home inspector as to how you would explain to buyers the best way to evaluate and act on a home inspection report. That would be a very helpful post for us REALTORS. hint, hint. :)

Joan...that upfront preparation is key to a smooth process.

 

Nov 29, 2014 08:40 AM #28
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Nina Rogoff
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Hey, VRC...home inspections will almost always reveal something that was not previously disclosed. Often, the sellers didn't even know about the issue. Depending on what is identified, the sellers and the buyers need to know that there may be some negotiation. What's key for buyers is knowing that the house will not be made over to be 100% "perfect".

 

Nov 29, 2014 08:43 AM #29
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Nina Rogoff
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Thanks, Jeff. I'd love to read some posts from home inspectors as to how they think we can best prepare our clients.

Hi, Evelyn...some home inspectors are better than others about explaining their role and about reporting their findings clearly. Sometimes, the home inspection reports are challenging to "read" and make it sound like everything is a problem.

Nov 29, 2014 08:46 AM #30
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Nina Rogoff
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Sybil...yes, this can be where the personalities come out in all their glory! :)

Praful...depending on what the "fix" is that is needed some would rather have the price dropped rather fixed by the sellers' choice. And, in some cases, it's easier for the seller to drop the price. The difficulty comes in when you need to bring in contractors to get estimates and have everyone agree, while staying in contract on time frames. This is where REALTORS can help out buy working together...sellers' agent and buyers' agent... to help both parties know that this is a conversation that can result in both buyers and sellers feeling successful!

Nov 29, 2014 08:52 AM #31
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Nina Rogoff
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Hi, Mike...30+ page reports tend to be very intimidating that's for sure!

Richard...I agree! I strongly encourage buyers to have home inspections and to hire a real estate attorney.

Thank you, Jenna!

Scott...I cannot tell you how many times I have heard a home inspector say, "That doesn't meet today's code standards." This is whether they are talkin about the need for GFCI outlets or railings on front steps. Course I also wrote a post about how An Unlicensed Home Inspector Caused Major Damage Just as with REALTORS, the good home inspectors know what to say and what not to say, but some may not realize what they are saying.

 

Nov 29, 2014 09:02 AM #32
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Nina Rogoff
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Well said, Nina...I can't believe we both work for RE/MAX brokerages called Executive Realty!

Geoff...I have always wanted to understand how to cut and fit crown molding! It's a challenge I just want to conquer! lol

Charles...unfortunately, there seem to be a lot fewer "honeys" these day who can "do" it themselves! lol I am grateful to be married to one and raising another! lol

Gita...buying a home is not for the faint of heart! :)

Nov 29, 2014 09:09 AM #33
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
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A good Buyers Agent will have "that talk" with their clients about the home inspection and what to expect.  Inspectors WILL find something, and older homes will find a lot of somethings.  Best to prepare buyers of what a home inspection is all about.

Nov 30, 2014 06:04 AM #34
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