What to Ask Your Philly Home Inspector10/16/2018
When you’re buying a Philly home, it’s smart to get a home inspection before closing on your new space. Whether it’s a condo or single-family home, an inspection allows you to find out if anything is wrong with the space and how serious the issues are. This will help you determine if it’s worth either negotiating the price, negotiating the terms, or finding a different home.
Our Stephen Sells Philly real estate team is here to offer you suggestions on what to ask your home inspector, so you’re sure to get the most out of this step in the home-buying process. They key is to not be shy. No question is a stupid question when you’re talking about what may be the biggest investment of your life.
Things to ask your home inspector as a Philly homebuyer:
1. Can you explain? You can walk through the Philly home with your home inspector, and chances are, they’ll mumble off their findings as they go. You might not always know what they mean, like if they say they found rotten boards or rusty pipes. Ask for more information then or at the end, so you understand what the findings mean for you and for the space.
2. Is this a major or minor issue? What might sound major to you might be a quick and easy fix, and vice versa. Don’t be afraid to ask if something is major or minor, so you can get a better feel for where you’re at. This can prevent unnecessary stress after the inspection, or serious consideration on the price or purchase of this home. An inspector can’t tell you whether you should buy, but you can discuss your options with your Philly real estate agent after learning how serious the findings are.
3. Did you see that? Perhaps you noticed a water spot on the ceiling, or a light switch that flickers when you flip it on. An inspector is a professional, but that doesn’t mean that they'll definitely catch everything. If you noticed something you’re wondering about, don’t be afraid to point it out and ask.
4. How do I maintain this? If something is new to you, the inspector can give you some basic information on how you should care for it. For example, if you’ve never owned a home before, you might be curious how to maintain a HVAC system. This is your chance to ask a professional for some basic maintenance advice!
5. What are your biggest concerns? Once the inspection is over, ask the inspector what stood out the most and what you should be most concerned with. A written report might sound overwhelming if lots of minor issues were found, but what really matters are the major issues, and what it will take to fix them. You might even need to call in a more specific expert to take a look at the issue at hand.
A home inspection is an important step in the home-buying process, so you know exactly what you’re buying! We’re here to help guide you through the entire buying process, and to help you negotiate per the inspection findings. Give our Stephen Sells Philly team a call for help in the Philly real estate market this fall!Stephen Ferguson, REALTOR
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