A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect. A great deal of information to examine and not enough time such as: written reports, checklist, photographs, including the inspector’s comments during the inspection.
What is the solution?
Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancy and minor imperfections.
However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:
1. Major defects (i.e. structural failure)
2. Things that lead to major defects (i.e. small roof-flashing leak)
3. Safety hazards (i.e. an exposed, live buss bar at the electric panel)
4. Understanding home maintenance
Anything in the above categories should be addressed. Often a serious problem can be corrected at a bargain price to protect both life and property (in particular categories 2 and 3).
Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of the uncovered defects during an inspection. Sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report. No home is perfect. Keep things in perspective.
We always recommend that the Inspector has the following:
Some of the major issues are usually related to the following:
If your home is over 30 years old, your insurance company may require you to upgrade the plumbing, electrical and/or heating systems in your home prior to providing you with or renewing your homeowners insurance policy.
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