Inspect - but know there is no perfect home!

Real Estate Agent with Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 NRDS ID#641625055

A home inspector is there to help to you learn about the property that is under consideration.

The inspection may reveal flaws that weren't readily visible when you were first touring the home. After an inspection, a re-negotiation may be in order.

However, the same carpet stain that was there on day one shouldn't be on your list of complaints. It's the big things - electric, heat, plumbing, etc. - the key components you can't do without that need addressing.

First time home buyers, especially, will benefit from reading the article below:



Written by Blanche Evans on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 1:37 pm

For many first-time buyers, buying a home can be a scary experience. They know they'll be maintaining or improving a home with little to no maintenance experience, so the solution is to buy a home in perfect condition. So they hire a home inspector to point out all the flaws.

The problem is -- no perfect home exists. Air conditioners break, plumbing pipes leak, and roof tiles blow off in the wind.

If you're buying a home, start with a reasonable expectation of what home inspectors can do. Their job is to inform you about the integrity and condition of what you're buying, good and bad.

A home inspection should take several hours, long enough to cover all built-in appliances, all mechanical, electrical, gas and plumbing systems, the roof, foundation, gutters, exterior skins, windows and doors.

An inspector doesn't test for pests or sample the septic tank. For those, you need industry-specific inspectors.

Here's what else you need to do.

1. Make sure the inspector you hire is licensed. The responsibilities of home inspectors vary according to state law and their areas of expertise.

2. Ask what the inspection covers. Some inspection companies have extensive divisions that can provide environmental for radon and lead paint. Be prepared to hire and schedule several inspectors according to your lender's requirements and to pay several hundred dollars for each type of inspection.

3. Some inspection reports only cover the main house, not other buildings on the property. For specialty inspections such as termites, make sure the inspection covers all buildings on the property including guest houses, detached garages, storage buildings, etc.

4. Attend the inspection and follow along with the inspectors. Seeing problems for yourself will help you understand what's serious, what needs replacement now or later, and what's not important.

5. Don't expect the seller to repair or replace every negative found on the report. If you're getting a VA or FHA-guaranteed loan, some items aren't negotiable. The seller must address them, but otherwise, pick your battles with the seller carefully.

A home inspection points out problems, they also point out what's working well. It can help you make your final decision about the home - to ask the seller to make repairs or to offer a little less, to buy as is or not to buy at all.

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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
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Jill,  you are right.  Inspections are for major faults in the property and many times buyers think they can go back about cosmetics that were apparent during the first showing

Mar 19, 2015 08:09 AM #1
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

No question Jill - every home has a fault or an issue - even brand new property which is often built with much less rigor than houses of old.  Inspections are key to uncovering the mystery of every house...

Mar 19, 2015 09:54 AM #2
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

Great points, Jill.

The home inspector's report isn't there so you can demand that every cracked switch plate or hairline taping crack must be repaired.  Inspections are for issues of significance, including mechanical systems.

Mar 19, 2015 02:21 PM #3
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Great post Jill, a lot of deals are blown when buyers of a used home expect the seller to produce a showroom ready PERFECT home.

Mar 19, 2015 04:08 PM #4
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

There was a paint stain under a throw rug and buyers wanted to go back on the agent/inspector for not finding it during an inspection. Good Lord! They aren't there to find cosmetic flaws and the reports even disclose that information. I missed this blog, so appreciate the chance to see it via your re-blogging. 

Mar 20, 2015 03:40 AM #5
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Somehow some buyers use inspection report as the reason not to buy. I am looking at the report, and think that it is very good, but they think that the report should have nothing and state that It Is Very Good. :)

Mar 24, 2015 10:17 AM #6
Maria Gilda Racelis
Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington - Manchester, CT
Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen!

Always, always, unless the buyer is a savvy investor, home inspection should be recommended by the Realtors.

Nice to see you again Jill.

Apr 02, 2015 02:40 AM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Great advice, Jill -  checking the integrety of the building and major problems is important not minor wear and tear.

May 16, 2015 11:34 PM #8
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Even a 'new' home has things that need to be corrected and buyers need to realize that.

May 18, 2015 10:06 AM #9
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