Buyers may feel overwhelmed by flaws that might have come to light during a home inspection. That’s why it’s important to ask questions, so that they can move forward confidently in the transaction.
A recent article at realtor.com® recommends home buyers ask their inspector clarifying questions. “I don’t understand this; what does it mean?” or “Is this a major or minor problem?” and “Do I need to call in another expert for a follow-up?”
Major or Minor?
Home inspectors are bound to uncover something, but the majority of the problems they uncover in a home will likely be minor. Have the home inspector clarify which problems fall within the “minor” or “major” categories.
Keep in mind: “The inspector can’t tell you, ‘Make sure the seller pays for this,’ so be sure you understand what needs to be done,” Frank Lesh, executive director of the American Society of Home Inspectors, told realtor.com®.
If the inspector identifies something major, such as an electrical or plumbing issue, it doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker.
Consumers may want to follow up with an expert to investigate further. For instance, an electrician may be called in to assess the potential electrical issues that were flagged, or a roofer if a roofing problem is suspected.
The specialist can then give an idea of the cost, which the real estate agent can then take to the seller to request a concession, or have the seller fix it prior to the sale.
Also, Lesh says that the list of items a home inspector identifies are issues the new buyer may need to address as soon as they move in.
“I had a couple call and tell me they had seepage in the basement,” Lesh says. “I pulled up their report and asked if they’d reconnected the downspout extension like I recommended. Nope. Well, there’s your problem!”
Everything you didn’t ask the seller to fix? That’s your to-do list.