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er wasaccepted, and the loan application has been made. Congratulations! What’s next? Closing?Reprinted fromhttp://www.nrvliving.com/2010/06/24/questions-to-ask-before-and-during-your-home-inspection/
Questions To Ask During Your Home Inspection
By Jeremy Hart, NRVLiving.com and Coldwell Banker Townside, Realtors Blacksburg, VA
One of the most important steps to take when buying ahome is thehome inspection, and while nearly all of myclients do them (that might have something to do with thefact that I tell them “you will do a home inspection”),sometimes buyers forego them. I’d encourage you not to,however, as it’s really an excellent opportunity a few hourslooking “under the surface” at the real condition of thehouse you’re buying.Of course, as a new home buyer you might not have ahome inspector on speed dial. It’s okay – I do. In fact, Ihave several that I use on a regular basis because they dosuch a good job for a clients. When you go undercontract, we’re going to send you a list of inspectors thatwe like to use, and who we think would be a good ﬁt for your new home; all are licensed by either the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI) or the AmericanSociety of Home Inspectors (ASHI), and in some casesthey’re licensed by both. While I can’t say “use thisinspector”, I can tell you the ones I’d suggest using, andfrom there would encourage you to contact them and askthem
three very important pre-home inspectionquestions
:1.What will the inspection cover, and when would Ireceive your report?2.Can I see a copy of a report you would prepare afteran inspection?3.How do you stay current on industry standards?
Notice I didn’t include “how much does it cost?”.
Whilecounting dollars and cents is important in the realestate transaction, the home inspection is not anarea to cut corners. Typically an inspection willrange from $275-500, but factor this cost into yourbudget – it’s worth every penny.The questions aren’t done there, though. Attend your inspection. Ask questions – lots of them. Iwouldn’t recommend an inspector who didn’t wantto be asked questions, and I guarantee you’ll learn aton. And if you don’t know what to ask, here’s a listof things to get you started:1. Where is the main water shut o
valve to thehouse?2. What’s the typical life span of a roof likewhat’s on this particular home? Is there anyspecial maintenance that needs to be doneto it?3. If there’s access to the attic, what does theattic look like? Is this usable space, i.e. aplace to store unused boxes and things?4. Is the electrical panel full, or is there room toexpand?5. How is the drainage around the house? Attend the inspection, ask questions, and listen.