A Checklist For Home Inspections
Home inspections are a critical step in the home-buying process. They provide potential homebuyers with the opportunity to thoroughly assess a property and identify any potential issues before making a final decision. While a professional home inspector will conduct a thorough examination, there are several things you can do to prepare for the inspection and ensure that you get the most out of it.
In this blog, we at True Blue Home Inspections have written down a checklist to help you make the most of your home inspection.
1. Have notes from your earlier visit(s): If you’ve already visited the property, bring along any notes you’ve taken to refresh your memory during the inspection. This can be especially helpful if you’re looking at multiple properties.
2. Wear appropriate clothing: Home inspections can be messy, so be sure to wear appropriate clothing, such as comfortable shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. This becomes important if you intend to follow your inspector into the attic and/or crawl space.
3. Have tape measure: A tape measure can be useful in determining the size of rooms and other areas in the home. It can also be used to check the sizes of rooms for any large furniture and check doorways for size so furniture can pass through.
4. Read the inspection contract closely: Make sure you understand what is included in the inspection contract and what isn’t. This will help you to determine what questions to ask the inspector. Some clauses in the contract may not apply to your property.
5. Be mentally prepared: While a home inspection can be a thrilling experience, it’s important to be mentally prepared for any potential issues that may be discovered. Be prepared to have your enthusiasm for the property to be deflated as the inspector finds large and small defects in the house. Some defects may kill the deal. However, this information can help you to make an informed decision about whether or not to move forward with the purchase.
6. Have payment ready: Make sure you have the payment ready for the inspector in advance to avoid any delays or complications during the inspection.
7: Ask questions: Contact your inspector after you’ve read the report if you have any questions about their findings. Some items may need clarification. Don’t hesitate to ask questions during the inspection, either. A good inspector will be happy to answer any questions you have and provide additional information and insights about the property.
If you are looking for an ASHI-certified home inspector in Chicago, Illinois, reach out to me at True Blue Home Inspections. My purpose is to provide the most reliable and accurate information about the property that we can to our clients. By giving them a highly trained, unbiased perspective, I strive to offer clarity, direction, and peace of mind to the home buyer. I focus on safety issues and the proper function of all systems and components. I offer services like home buyer inspection, home seller pre-listing inspection and consultation, indoor air quality, commercial lite, etc., to clients across Berwyn, Chicago, Cicero, Des Plaines, Elmwood Park, Evanston, Franklin Park, Glencoe, Glenview, Harwood Heights, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Norridge, Northbrook, Northfield, Oak Park, Park Ridge, River Grove, Schiller Park, Skokie, Wilmette, Winnetka.
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