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

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 17
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Um, I would do ALL those things you listed. It’s your money on the line!

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We definitely followed the inspector around and chatted with him about everything.

The last owner of the house was also present at ours. He required either himself or his realtor to be present for everything, as he had some expensive equipment in the basement. It was actually nice, as he took us around and showed us the various light switches for the outside lighting (including the motion switches) and was telling us about things he purchased, still under warranty, etc. We enjoyed having him there as I would have had no idea that the 2nd switch in our master bedroom actually lights up the entire side of the house.

Ask the inspector questions if you aren’t sure, and even if they have an idea on cost to fix things. Depending on the market you are in, you have to weight the cost to repair everything. We had little things come up on ours – doors rubbed (needed to be plained down), garabage disposal was starting to wear, this piece up by the roof had been shifted, an outlet was loose, and some other things. The only thing we asked them to fix was the piece near the roof, as we knew that would be $200-$300 to have someone come out to repair. We were also in a sought after area and places were going quick, so we didn’t want to risk losing the house because we wanted the doors plained down and the garabage disposal (that still worked) replaced. We actually just replaced that disposal, 2 1/2 years later.

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@BreezyBride24:  We just closed on a house and this is what my Fiance did- he showed up at the end of the inspection and had the inspector walk the house and show what he found so my Fiance would know what the inspector was referencing in the typed report.

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I am the SELLER and wish I were threre.

Apparently the idiot inspector loosened a circuit when inspecting the circuit box and tripped the power to a part of my house.  Of course on the report, there were all these notes about “no power, issues issues issues….” Everything worked properly when I was in the house last, a few days before the inspection. Then he relied on satellite photos of my roof and said it was 3-5 years old, when in fact, it is only 220 DAYS old, which I listed on my disclosure.

So now I am paying God knows what for my electrician to give everything a once over to make the seller happy. But I will be nice and play the game. 

I got about 15 minutes notice, during a snowstorm, that they were going to inspect, so there was no way I could get there (I no longer live in that home, but an hour away). My realtor also could not get there either.

My electrician advised me to not let anyone involved in this transaction do any inspection,etc. without my presence.

 

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We went through 2 inspections on 2 houses.  Both times we followed around the inspector and he narrated what he was doing as he was doing it.  We asked lots of questions.  A lot of cosmetic things that I thought mattered (missing vent cover on floor air vent) and a lot of things I didn’t think mattered (missing stopper for bathroom sink) were written up. 

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yes we were present during the inspection. My likly the homeinspector will call you over to look at some things and explain what he’s looking at. Also, make sure you’re using a trusted inspector, you preferably don’t want one that is referred to you by the selling agent or even your own agent unless you know they will be 100% honest with you. Even though it’s not ethical, agents have been know to throw a few bucks to the inspecor if the house “passes”.

Post # 26
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

You should definitely follow the inspector around and ask a TON of questions. Bring a notebook and take notes. A good inspector should make suggestions for how to correctly maintain your home in addition to checking for actual issues.

ETA: Find out if the inspector will take pictures. If not, bring a camera and take pictures of anything you’d like to ask the owners to take care of before closing.

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@BreezyBride24:  We just demoed a wall in the kitchen this weekend 🙂 lol it was fun! Now we have to wait for the kitchen remodel and will hopefully get to move in by march! 

Thats good he can stay. Congrats to you too 🙂 hopefully anything found will be ok. We found termite damage and had to add the repairs to the budget… And a few leaks and water damage in the master bath. But in the bay area housing is in extreme demand so we new we’d need to find a ‘fixer’ in order to keep the purchase price low for the sq footage we wanted. 

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Our inspection took about 4 hours.  I joined for the last 2 hours.  I walked around the house with the inspector and took tons of pictures so that I could remember everything.  He sat down with me and we went through all the details of a binder he prepared and he encouraged me to ask as many questions as needed.

Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@BreezyBride24:  oh hayyyyy hahahahaha  I live in Alameda now, the house in in San Ramon and it’s 3 bed 2 bath.   We looked at  a lot of houses and a lot of them had termite damage disclosed. I guess it’s common. Luckily we just need to get it sprayed, and the wood repair can wait until after we’re moved in.

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