Buying a home in Defiance or Northwest Ohio?
The process can be stressful. A Home Inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind but, depending on the findings, it may have the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information over a short period of time. Your ASPEC inspection will entail a comprehensive and detailed written report, including checklists, narratives, numerous photos, internet links, videos, in addition to what I tell you during the inspection and/or afterwards during the inspection review. All of this combined with the seller’s disclosure and what you notice yourself can make the experience overwhelming. What should you do?
I am a professional, and being a member of InterNACHI®, then you can trust that I am among the most highly trained in the industry. Most of your inspection and report will be related to common issues/maintenance/repair recommendation. These are good to know about.
However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:
- Major defects, such as a structural failure or wet basements/crawlspaces;
- Conditions that can lead to major defects, such as a roof leak or shoddy workmanship;
- Issues that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home if not rectified immediately; and
- Safety hazards, such as a backdrafting water heater or improperly wired electrical.
Anything in these categories should be addressed as soon as possible.
Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection. It’s also important to realize that a seller is under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in Your Home Inspection Report.
Remember, no house is going to be defect/issue free (at least I haven’t found one yet) and always try & keep things in perspective.
And remember that homeownership is both a joyful experience (unless you didn’t use ASPEC for your home inspection) and an important responsibility, so be sure to contact us if you have any questions regarding your home. I want to be sure that your home will keep your family safe and stay in top condition for years to come.
Brought to you by your local Defiance and Northwest Ohio Certified Professional Inspector®,
Joshua Frederick, CPI
Source: International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, Used with permission, [https://www.nachi.org/matters.html]