Step 14: Attending the Home Inspection


Attending the home inspection is crucial when buying a new home. It's a significant financial decision with long-term implications, so being present to ensure the property's condition is essential.

During the inspection, you can take measurements, familiarize yourself with the home, and discuss findings with the inspector. Their verbal summary at the end provides valuable insights, making it vital to ask any questions you have.

While the written report is helpful, being present allows you to see issues firsthand and seek clarification on any concerns. Understanding the severity of problems identified in the report can be challenging without witnessing them in person.

Here are some tips for a successful home inspection:

  • Plan to be present for the entire inspection, which typically lasts 2-3 hours.
  • Dress comfortably as you may need to access different areas of the property.
  • Remember, inspectors can only identify visible defects, so thoroughness is key.
  • Ask questions to clarify any uncertainties about the property's condition.
  • Bring a tape measure for measurements and involve others, if needed, in the inspection process.
  • Consider having contractors visit during the inspection for repair estimates.
  • Have your checkbook ready for inspection payment.

Expect to receive the inspection report within 2 days for further discussion on repairs or credits with the seller.

Keep in mind the inspection's goals are to uncover safety and structural issues, not cosmetic flaws. Remember, the focus is on the home's functionality and safety aspects.

Lastly, it's advisable to document each room and closet with photos and measurements for future reference in planning furniture placement and potential upgrades.