Post # 1
I feel like I’ve been blowing up this home board! Everyone’s input has been incredibly helpful, so thanks so much to everyone who has offered advice during this process!
So our offer was accepted and we have scheduled our inspection for tomorrow afternoon. We found this inspector based on several recommendations. The house was flipped by an investor and since it is vacant/the seller may not have comprehensive knowledge of its history, we want to make sure we are extremely thorough. I am going to join the inspector as soon as I can (about 30 minutes after he starts) and remain with him throughout the inspection.
What kinds of questions or concerns should I bring up to the inspector?
Post # 3
Congrats on getting your offer accepted, we are about 2 weeks ahead of you so we just did the inspection a few weeks ago.
Follow him around, since you cant be there right at the beginning ask him to quickly go through everything he already checked when you arrive and ask him if he had any concerns about anything.
Then as you walk through the rest of the house just ask him what he is checking and if he finds issues ask how they would be fixed how big of an issue they are. If you see something that looks weird ask about it, his job is to help you. There was some settling in our house since its 30 years old and some of the dry wall tape was shifted because of it. To me it looked like it could have been from a leak so I asked about and he said oh that nothing, but I had no clue and I am glad I asked!
Make sure he goes over how to use the furnance, hot water heater, etc as you look at them. Also find out where any emergency shut offs are. Make sure he looks in the basement, attic, and on the roof.
Good luck I hope there aren’t any big issues!
Post # 4
I would second the PPs idea to follow the inspector around – it makes it a lot easier. Otherwise, your stuck with a piece of paper and a list of “problems” and your trying to figure out what in the world is going on by yourself.
I would definitely ask about the hot water heater, AC, and attic (what type of insulation, if you need to add more).
Post # 5
Depending on whether or not the house is located near a granite deposit, you may want to consider Radon testing. If not, then I really wouldn’t worry about that.
Post # 6
It sounds like you got a good inspector. That’s important. In my experience a good home inspector is extremely thorough. Mine took about 4 hours!!! And the inspection report was 47 pages long! Of course mine is an older home and a fixer but still.
Follow him and take notes as much as you can. Mine took pictures of evrything and included them in the report. That was super helpful. Also, when he’s done, ask what the priorities are, what needs to be dealt with right away and what can wait. It will most likely be a little overwhelming because he’ll notice EVERYTHING! I would ask something like “If you were buying this house what would you think honestly?” Good luck. Home inspections can be stressful!
Post # 7
A really good inspector knows what to look at from the foundation, structure, roof, electric, water….everything. You shouldn’t have to ask the inspector anything.
My inspector even ran the washer, dryer, and dish washer and dragged the garden hose inside to check to make sure the sump pump worked. The better the inspector, the better the inspection. 🙂
ETA: The inspector sat down with my realtor and I after the inspection to throughly go over any findings. Then we determined what we would as the sellers to correct on the spot.