Ask any realtor, and they will tell you that inspections rarely go exactly as planned. Inspection is a day that raises anxiety about the unknown. However, do not worry; we got your back! Here is our list of what to keep in mind during the inspection:
1. Don’t Skip It
As we know, the home-buying process is expensive and lengthy. Perhaps the buyer wants to save $500 on inspection or use it for leverage in negotiations; we do not recommend skipping the inspection. We will support you if that is your choice, your money your choice, but we will never recommend skipping an inspection. That $500 you did not want to spend for inspection could be a $100,000 problem after closing.
2. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
We get it, it is your brand-new home, and you want it to be perfect. Unless it is a brand-new build or a perfectly executed flip (which I have yet to see), things will come up on inspection. The key is to know the difference between deal breakers and minor fixes. Your agent should be at the inspection, helping you differentiate between deal breakers and negotiators.
3. Ask Questions
Be bold and ask questions during the inspection, especially with the inspectors we select. Our inspectors are happy to answer questions and help you better understand your inspection report. Good news or bad news, you want to understand what is going on in your home before you move in. What maintenance will now be your responsibility? How urgent is it for you to make repairs? Our inspectors and agents are happy to help you navigate through this process.
4. Trust Your Gut or Trust Your Agent
It is easy to get swept away in the excitement of purchasing a home. Keep in mind that the inspection is NOT closing. We understand inspections are not free; people feel committed and sometimes emotionally invested at this process stage. But always remember that inspection is your time to make well-informed decisions regarding the house. You may have loved what you see at the showing or open house. Nevertheless, the house’s bones are essential and should not be overshadowed by beautiful light fixtures or modern hardware. Ask your trusted agent for their opinion if you cannot help but think with your heart over your head. If we would not let our friend purchase the home, we would not let our client either.
5. Carpe Diem
Remember, throughout this process, you can only control what you can. If you thought this was your house, but after inspection, it turns out it needs a new roof, new flooring, and plumbing issues, you cannot control that. If we have learned one thing in Real Estate, everything happens for a reason, and you will end up where you are supposed to be. Stay organized, handle what is needed, and try to relax for the week of inspection and let the process do its job. It will all work out in the end, and worst-case scenario; you get to spend more time with us doing new showings! Oh darn!
If you are in the middle of the inspection period now, our heart goes out to you, and if you have any questions, please let us know. Call us if you are thinking about purchasing a home but need clarification on the process. We are happy to walk you through the process or answer questions no matter where you are in your home-buying journey.