Post # 1
I never thought inspections day would be exciting, but I feel as giddy as a schoolgirl! Is it weird that I almost hope our inspector finds some things wrong, because then we can get them fixed and it will be like new? But also, if nothing major is found that could be great too, because it won’t interupt our closing timeline.
Bees, what did your inspectors find? Major things? Minor? How many things did he find? Did the seller fix, did you buy as-is, or did you walk away from a home because of the inspection issues that a seller wouldn’t fix?
Post # 3
@QueenOfSerendip: YAY for inspections!! Congratulations! You’re one step closer to your home!!
When our inspector did the inspection, he found several things…a few were bad, a few real bad, but mostly good.
Radon-our level was too high! We asked the owner to put in a mitigation system, which he agreed to.
AC-our AC unit is old. REALLY old. It will most likely need to be replaced in the next 2-5 years (if it makes it that long…)
Attic-there is not enough air flow through here. We needed to add another vent to the attic.
Our basement gets a little damp, but that was easily fixed with a de-humidifier. There aren’t any other water problems in the basement. No cracks or foundation issues, so that’s good.
The REAL bad:
Electricty-our wiring is aluminum. This is not good. It’s old, and it can get overheated. Our house could really use some new electricity, but it was not a NEED. It was a “Hey, you should probably have the house re-wired.” That being said, we have had issues with it, BUT we have a warrenty, so we’ve had an electrician come and look at it once. Our lights flicker. We’re beginning to realize this might be a bigger problem than we thought it would be…we’ll see what happens.
When it came down to it, we realized that this is our first house. It’s a starter home. It doesn’t have to be perfect. We got a GREAT deal on it, it was newly rennovated, and it’s a nice house. We’re happy.
Yeah, they might find something wrong, but as long as it’s not catastrophic, don’t lose your house!
Post # 4
Our home inspector found many small things like a clogged drain in the bathroom sink, gas fireplace doesnt work, chips in the sink in the kitchen, some small holes in the siding on the house etc. All things that can be fixed over time and no major concerns. Since we are buying a foreclosure, we knew that anything that came up in the inspection report WE would have to fix, since Banks normally wont fix anything. So, we were very relieved to see only small items come up. Ask as many questions are you want. After all, you are paying for their services. We spent 3 hours at our home inspection (2,200 sq ft. 2 story house) and felt very confident after we left. Hope you enjoy the experience!
Post # 5
Our house was 4 years old when we bought it and built by a reputable builder. Our inspector didn’t really find anything, but we expected that because we inspected it ourselves before making an offer – my parents have bought and sold a ton of houses as well as do their own renovations so they know their shit. We had my dad check things out at the first showing. Anyway, the only stuff the guy commented on was that a spot in the basement could use a bit more insulation and the dryer vent flap on the outside of the house was loose.
Post # 6
We purchased a 25 year old house. Our inspector broke down the inspection into 3 categories: major issues, medium issues and minor issues. There wasn’t many major issues that needed to be fixed ASAP except a crack in the glass on one window and small crack in the foundation.
The medium issues were things we could fix in the next few years but were not a major concerns, things like replace deck in backyard, replace 2 older windows, toilet needs new wax seal.
Most of the concerns were minor, things like: sink has a chip in it, dryer vent shouldn’t be plastic and screen on patio door is ripped.
We purchased the house withour asking the selling to fix any of the issues since most weren’t serious issues and we purchased the house at a great price for the neighbourhood.
Post # 7
@MissBatman: Thanks for the info! That helps a lot. None of my friends have purchased homes yet, and my mom bought her first (and only to date) home about 20 years ago, so she’s no help! We are also getting a radon test, so it’s good to know that your seller agreed to fix it. Did you ask to have them to fix any of the other problems? Or did you use it as a bargaining chip for getting the price lower? We are paying asking price, so I wasn’t sure if we could possibly negotiate a lower selling price if major things come up in inspections.
@SpringDaisy5: That’s good to know that you guys got a lot of helpful info from your inspector. I was worried we would be overly needy, but I guess you’re right, we are paying him!
@Pinkmoon: I’m glad you didn’t find anything wrong with your home! I wish we had someone who knew about houses in our family. I would have loved a newer home (ours is 1997) congrats!
Post # 8
DH is in the trades, so he can tell pretty quickly if there is anything major wrong with a house (when we were looking, we walked in and out of houses pretty quickly because of this…).
He did bring his friend who builds houses for a living to look things over too. The only recommendations were to put some rain gutters on the house.
Congrats on buying a home! I hope the inspection goes smoothly!
Post # 9
We had nothing major – but a bunch of minor things. Some electrical outlets that weren’t up-to-code (GFCI circuits missing in the kitchen and bathrooms), missing faceplates on some outlets, a loose faccia board – minor things like this. We picked a handful of things that we thought would be annoying or costly to fix and asked the seller – she fixed everything we asked but one thing. Fortunately, the one thing she didn’t pick was the one we put on there as a bargaining chip to take off to get her to do the others!
If major things come up, you may want to reconsider the purchase – things like cracked foundations or old roofs will end up costing thousands upon thousands, and the seller is unlikely to pay a five-figure amount of money to fix them. If there are major things, get an estimate of how much it would be to fix them if the seller won’t repair them, so you know how much you’ll be in for and if it’s worth it to you.
Post # 10
@QueenOfSerendip: Yes, if something major comes up, I would suggest asking them to fix the problem OR negotiating a lower price. You could also ask for more help with closing costs, which would save you money as well. We asked for him to fix a couple of things, and we asked for more help with closing costs.
Post # 11
Ours didn’t really find anything. Our townhome is about 3 years old (well, it wasn when we bought it in Nov) and he said it was the best construction job he’d seen in a really long time (yay!). Our breaker board was technically out of date – was up to code when the house was built, but there have been new safety advancements since then – but that’s all.
Post # 12
Our electrical box was a fire hazard (company had gone out of business) yay! We had to have the box replaced and the service to the house upgraded. The seller did not fix but we negotiated a slightly lower price.
Our inspector did not notice our fireplace was broken which was a nice surprise 1k fix when we moved in.
Post # 13
Our house was 10 years old when we bought it a year ago… the inspector said it was in really good condition considering. There was a few windows that needed replacing and the septic had to be pumped. We left a few other minor “appearance” things off and just asked for windows and septic and they did everything we asked.
Post # 14
@QueenOfSerendip: The roof was in BAD shape, however the sellers agreed to pay for a new one before closing.
Not a major problem but really gross….our downstairs toilet wasnt placed correctly so whenever you flushed a tiny bit of water leaked out….well after a few years of that going on mold/mushrooms started growing in the basement where the pipe came out. It was nasty. I called them “poop mushrooms” we cleaned and fixed that quickly.
@LGenz: Ugh, ours didnt notice the ac was broken…..that was a nice surprise on a 98 degree day and an over $500 fix.
Post # 15
We had minor stuff:
Very high water pressure
A few shingles that needed to be replaced/fixed
A couple caulk breaks in the outside bricks
The sellers fixed all the items.
Post # 16
No help here as we had a home built, but I love to read these. I hope there are no big issues!