We realize that understanding the etiquette surrounding a home inspection can be confusing sometimes. So, we’ve decided to clear some things up for you!
First of all, you should absolutely attend the home inspection. This will give you the opportunity to ask a professional questions about your future home. Attending will also allow you to have a deeper understanding of the contents of the home inspection report, because you saw them in person and spoke to the inspector about them.
If you arrive to the inspection after the start time, your inspector has already begun the inspection and is likely inside the home inspecting and taking notes. You do not need to call your inspector’s office to ask where they are. While you shouldn’t be constantly distracting your inspector from their job, it is okay to simply knock on the door so they know you are there and they can let you in! If they do not answer the first time you knock on the door, do not panic, they are there. They could be in the basement, attic, crawl space, or some area of the house where they can not hear you at first.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Your inspector is there to help you. Any home inspector worth their salt should be able to answer your questions about repairs, maintenance, show you how something in the home works, help you plan for the future by informing you of items and areas to keep an eye on, and give you their honest opinion on what they would do themselves in this situation.
Your inspector will have a sequence that they follow when doing an inspection. Let them stay on track to do an excellent job for you by not asking them regarding areas they have not gotten to yet. Let them stay focused and do the inspection. Ask them when is a good time to ask a questions, they will gladly let you know. Typically they just need a minute to finish up making a note and looking at an item before turning their attention to something else.
A lot of this really comes to: don’t be scared. Your inspector is there to guide you, and to give you all the information you need to make an informed decision on whether or not you wish to continue with the sale. Don’t be shy, and ask questions! Uses the time to visualize how your furniture and other items will fit in the new home. Take measurements if you need to, bring a tape measure and maybe some paint samples to help you decide how you will make the house your home.
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Written by Kaitlyn Troth of Troth Media