The General Home Inspection

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  • The General Home Inspection allows you to look at all aspects of the home in depth. Read on for tips & suggestions to get the most out of this critical step.

    It’s Time to Get to Know Your New Home!

    The General Home Inspection is a turning point to decide if you move forward with your purchase or back out of the deal.

    Don’t confuse Inspections and Appraisals. Appraisals are to establish a property’s value for your lender.  Inspections are for you to find out about any specific repairs that are needed.

    Since the Inspection can take 2 hours or longer, you’ll have the opportunity to look at the home in much more depth than you did before making an offer. Open the closets, try out kitchen cabinets, run faucets & showers, measure room sizes, and get a feel for what the home will be like to live in.  Make sure your Inspector takes pictures of problem areas so you don’t have to go under the house or on the roof!

    Different parts of the country may use different names for the Home Inspection like Property Inspection, Real Estate Inspection, etc.

    Your Inspector is like a Primary Care Physician who refers you to other specialists when needed, so ask for recommendations.  You’re welcome to follow the Inspector and ask questions. Take full advantage of your inspectors wealth of knowledge and ask questions, not only about what problems they find, but also how to care for the home.  Some crucial questions include:

    • How should I prepare the house for cold weather?
    • Where is the main water shutoff to the house?
    • Are there any recommendations you have to improve the insulation and energy efficiency?
    • Do you have a recommended maintenance schedule?
    • What is your opinion of this type of construction/style of home as far as potential maintenance issues over time?
    • What care should I plan for with a roof of this type?
    • How does the condition of this home compare to the average home you inspect?

    After your Inspection is complete, you’ll discuss with your Buyer’s Agent what repairs you’d like to ask the seller to take care of, so see Negotiating Home Repairs next.  My extremely thorough and competent Home Inspector, Don Hatch at Assurance Inspections in Portland, Oregon, gives some wonderful insights and even a few laughs in our download: “Q & A with the General Home Inspector.

    Your inspector doesn’t have “x-ray vision”, but they can look for symptoms that point to hidden problems.

    Thinking of buying a home in the Portland, Oregon area? Checkout our First Time Home Buying Classes!

    The General Home Inspection was last modified: May 3rd, 2018 by David Axness

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