Prior to the inspection ...
Prepare a list of questions or concerns about the property and provide them to the inspection company in advance. This will ensure that such matters are addressed and that any special arrangements can be made if necessary.
Real estate agents should instruct sellers to ensure all areas are accessible to the inspector. For example, if the attic access is in a closet, all clothes and belongings should be removed from that closet.
During the inspection…
If you are a homebuyer, it is especially important to be present during the inspection. By accompanying the inspector, you will have the opportunity to:
- See the condition of each key component throughout the house and property firsthand, giving you a better understanding of the home and of the resulting inspection report.
- Ease any concerns about findings which may seem distressing on paper but are in fact superficial. For example, the inspector might explain that inexpensive lubricant can quiet an alarming appliance noise, that an unsightly column needs only a coat of paint, or that the problem causing a water spot has previously been corrected.
- Have all of your questions and concerns addressed immediately as they arise.
After the inspection…
Read your inspection report thoroughly. If you have concerns or need clarification -- no matter how minor the issue -- please do not hesitate to call your inspector. We are always willing to help put your mind at ease.
Whether or not you hire Barclay Home Inspections to perform your inspection, please be sure to use a qualified, trained and licensed professional to inspect your home. A home purchase is an investment of a lifetime and you deserve confidence in your financial decision.