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Buyers: Are you asking the right questions during the home inspection?

Attending the home inspection is a key piece of the home buying process. Home inspection clients may feel overwhelmed by the process. Listening to the inspector discuss different aspects of a potential home may leave you feeling confused and overwhelmed, but you may not want to interrupt the inspector by asking questions. Let us reassure you―questions are always welcome! If you’re not sure what you should be asking, consider starting with these questions:

  • How bad is it?
  • How do we fix that?
  • What would you fix first?
  • Can you show me how (X) works?
  • How much time do I have before I should replace (X)?

Though many inspectors will provide information whenever they see a defective area of the home, make sure you know the answers to the following in advance:

  • How well is the drainage working around the exterior of the home?
  • Where are the shut-off valves, and how do they work?
  • Are there any serious problems with the roof?
  • Is the deck structurally sound?
  • Is there adequate insulation in the attic? Any signs of water damage?
  • Are all major systems and appliances working?
  • Is there any indication of structural issues or mold?

The more you know, the better you’ll feel when you purchase your dream home!

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