Post # 1
My DH and I have finally gotten word back on our house (short sale)! the bank has accepted our offer and we are officially in escrow 😀 !!!! That being said, we have our home inspection on monday and i want to make sure that i am as prepared as possible. Are there any tips or words of advice from those of you who have done this before? Anything you wished you had the inspector check better, things you forgot, etc?
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Check the water pressure
Bring a disposable plastic cup so you can taste the water (and factor bottled water deliveries into your budget if it tastes nasty)
Check your cellphone inside the house to see if you have a strong signal
Follow your inspector everywhere (even the attic!), and ask as many questions as you want to (What is this pipe for? What does that switch do? etc.)
Bring a camera with you if you want more photos of the interior or exterior
If there are any rooms where you are wondering how to make your furniture fit, bring a measuring tape, pencil, and notepad with you to take room measurements
I will come back and add more later, once I’ve had my coffee. LOL
Post # 4
Congratulations on the house!
Make sure you have a thorough inspector! Follow him around so he can explain to you what he finds. And ask questions if you have them! Now’s your chance to see if you can afford/want to fix the issues that need to fixed so make sure you understand what he’s telling you. You might want to take notes if he doesn’t give you paperwork.
Oh and don’t forget your checkbook! DH did that at ours. :/
Good luck! :]
Post # 5
The house buying process in the US is different to here but i know a big thing you need to do is get building and pest inspections done.
Post # 6
@eeestrad: HUGE congrats! We had a really great inspector who found things we would have never thought of, so we lucked out in that department. But I would be sure to get in the attic, check all the windows, make sure all the water drains properly from everywhere water should drain, check the A/C (if applicable), and be sure that the foundation is good/free of termites. Those were some of the biggies we made sure the inspector triple checked.
Post # 7
I agree with everyone that you should follow the inspector, makes sure he explains what he is doing.
In the US, your inspector will not do a termite or asbestos inspection. That is outside the scope of most inspectors. If you are in an area with bugs, there should be a termite bond on the house that the old owners have and you can transfer it to yourself for a fee. That is needed in order to get the lender to close on the home.
Post # 8
Always get the best home inspector you can find.
Post # 9
Congrats! I definitely recommend taking a TON of pictures. While we were waiting to close on our house, I wished I had taken more so I could plan what I needed to buy/do once we got in!
Also, I agree with PPs who said to follow the inspector around very closely and ask lots of questions. After ours left, we found out that he missed two toilets that were running and didn’t check the pilot light in the water heater. Kind of annoying.
Post # 10
Make sure he checks every electrical outlet, and tests out the appliances (turn on the oven, check all the burners on the stove, test the dishwasher, test the water hookup on the fridge) turn on all water faucets and showeheads to test for water pressure and time to get hot and/or cold, flush all the toilets. Try to open all the windows.
Like PPs have said, ask lots of questions and take pictures and measurements. Prepare to spend a long time there if you have a thorough inspector. Our home inspection took almost 4 hours.
Post # 11
thank you guys so much! I feel so much more relaxed about the process now. I can’t wait for monday!