(Closed) Offer Accepted…now comes the Inspection! Were you present for yours???

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I would want to be present so that you can see everything he presents as an issue, but definitely give him his space to work. Your real estate agent will know what proper conduct is

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Yes, Darling Husband and I were both present.. and actually I did all of those things you listed!

The inspector encouraged us to ask questions and wanted us to know where everything was, like the electrical box, etc.  We both followed him all around the house, our realtor came along as well.  (Obviously don’t get in his way, but you can go room to room with him).

We found out during our inspection that the water heater was getting towards the end of it’s life.  The inspector wrote in his report that he suggested the sellers get it replaced before moving in.. The inspector is there for you, to ensure the house you’re buying is in good shape, so don’t be afraid to speak up and ask questions. 🙂

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I was present for mine.  Our inspector was actually very open and communicated the entire time with my realtor as well as with me.  I stayed out of his way the best I could, but a few times he would call me over and explain to me what he was looking at, if it were bad or good, and what to do (if anything) about it.

He also sent a full detailed report about a week later, outlining all of the findings, down to the bent piece of siding on the garage!  Luckily there were no major issues, but it was nice to know that the roof is 5 years old and will need to be replaced in X amount of years, and that it would be a good idea to upgrade the electric/fuse box thingy if we decided to sell the house later.

Also, just in case, take a roll of toilet paper and some snacks with you.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Um I definitely did all that stuff.  The guy should be fine with stopping and explaining to you the potential issues one by one as you come across them, and answering questions about how & how much to fix them (one good reason to have an inspector who’s also a contractor).  I wouldn’t want an inspector who wouldn’t do that for me.

Post # 7
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Honey bee

@BreezyBride24:  I’m pretty sure I’m NOT suppose to do the following:

  • Follow behind the Inspector
  • Ask tons of questions as he’s inspecting
  • Monitor his inspection

Thats exactly what you SHOULD do. We brought a notebook and wrote down everything. Even if its a brand new house, the inspector will find things. Many things will be minor, but a good inspector will explain everything to you as he/she goes along.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We were present for ours, and I’m glad we were. It gave us the opportunity to ask questions and see for ourselves some of the things the inspector thought to be issues. Some things he made a big deal out of in his official report weren’t that crucial to us in person. It’s nice to have the perspective. A good inspector will be happy to explain his findings and answer any questions you may have. If the inspector DOESN’T want you asking questions, the next question you should ask yourself is how to find a new inspector! 🙂

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Yes, you are actually supposed to follow behind the inspector, ask him TONS of questions while he is inspecting, and monitor his inspection.

It is YOUR money, YOUR skin in the game. You have one shot to ask every question you can conceivably think of about that home before you are down the rabbit hole and totally committed.

Our inspector actually asked us to follow him, and spent the whole inspection specifically walking us through the different aspects of our home and what was awesome/what to look out for.

Be the strongest advocate you can be for yourself during this process! Don’t do the “girl” thing and fade into the background without asking questions!

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We were present, and we followed him everywhere, to ever nook and cranny, and asked tons of questions.  This is an opportunity to learn everything you can about your new home!  Honestly, if the inspector wasn’t open to people asking questions, I’d be concerned about how good of an inspector they are.  You need to follow and ask questions or you won’t be able to explain if/what/why you’re negotiating after the inspection, and you’ll also be able to know what is serious and what is more cosmetic.

Post # 11
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Honey bee

ask tons of questions, follow behind him, and videotape it if you can!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My ispector wanted me to follow him and watch what all he was doing.  He explained a lot of things to me along the way about what he was looking for, things I should watch for, how to maintain things, etc.  It was a learning experience for me.  🙂

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Of course you are supposed to follow the inspector, ask a crap ton of questions, take photos, write notes, etc. If the inspector goes in the attic (he/she absolutely should) go up there! If he/sh crawls into a crawl space, get down on your hands and knees and use a flashlight to see everything that is going on. bring a camera, flashlight, notepad, even a voice recorder, if the inspector is cool with that. This is your chance to learn about the house, its quirks, its faults, etc.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Nope! I was going to but my realtor convinced me not to. So glad I didnt! I would have driven the poor man NUTS. I did walk through with him at the end and he showef my everything he found, gave me his opinions on their importance and suggestions on how to fix them and that is when I asked my bajillion and 1 questions.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

YES you should be there. You should follow them around like a HAWK.  They have good insights, things that will pass inspection but things that need updating/repaired.  I got a three binder after my inpection, and she even detailed thinkgs like the light switch was put in upside down.  She was there for almost 3 hours.  It was great because we got a list of exactly things that needed to be done, our own To DO list.  I’d  be there if you can be. 

They also may know some people that can make the fixes also and they answer any of your questions.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We did all the things you said you didn’t think you were supposed to, at the advice of our realtor! Our inspection took about 4 hours and he was very, very thorough. He took pictures of a lot of the main features of the house, as well a few of the problems he found. He then gave us a book with all his findings, checklists etc and his contact info. It was a great experience and SO glad we were there for it!

Good luck!!!!!

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