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After the Home Inspection

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Home Inspector with Advanced Code Group

Whether you are buying a home in Blakeslee, Dingmans Ferry, Scranton, Pittston or anywhere in NEPA, you know the process can be stressful.  A home inspection is designed to educate you, but often creates stress.  You will need to absorb a lot of information in a short period of time.  This includes reading a professional inspection report with digital 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? The answer is more simple than you think.

What you will need to do is prioritize the information from your reports into three basic categories.

  1. Major defects such as a structural failure or an electrical safety defect.
  2. Moderate defects that can lead to major defects. A wet crawlspace, for example.
  3. Maintenance issues that have not been addressed by the seller.

Anything in these categories should be addressed. Often a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property.  In addition, you need to take into consideration what you are paying for the property along with what it is worth.  The less you pay for a property, the less bargaining power you will have after an inspection.

I would say that most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection.  You must realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report.  No home is perfect, therefore keep things in perspective.  It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address conditions already listed on the seller's disclosure. In Pennsylvania, you must sign that you received a copy of the seller's disclosure before you made an offer of the home. You offer is based on your knowledge of those disclosed condition.