Before Your Inspection

Make your own list of questions or concerns about the property you’re considering buying or selling, and provide them to the inspection company in advance. This will help ensure that each issue is addressed and that any special arrangements can be made ahead of time.

Real estate agents should instruct sellers to ensure that all areas of the home are easily accessible to the inspector. For example, if the attic access point is inside a closet, all clothes and belongings should be removed for ease of entry and exit.

During the Inspection

If you’re a homebuyer, it’s especially important to be present during the inspection. By accompanying the inspector and paying close attention, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Get all of your questions and concerns addressed as they arise.
  • See the condition of each key component throughout the house and property, helping establish a better understanding of the home and the resulting inspection report.
  • Ease any concerns you may have about report findings that look worse on paper than they really are. For example, the inspector might explain that an inexpensive lubricant can easily quiet an alarming noise, that a seemingly damaged column needs only a little paint, or that the problem causing a water spot has already been corrected.
  • Save time and avoid frustration by learning about the operating requirements of your new home. You may find out how the heating system works, how to light pilot lights, how to turn on various appliances and components, and where shut-offs are located. The inspector can also point out maintenance needs and procedures, and explain how and when to check on specific items that need periodic monitoring.

After the Inspection

Read your home inspection report thoroughly. If you have concerns or need clarification—no matter how minor the issue may seem—never hesitate to call your home inspector to find out more.

AmeriSpec Inspectors are always willing to go the extra mile to help put your mind at ease. Whether you choose to hire AmeriSpec Inspection Services or not, please be sure to use a qualified, trained professional to conduct your home inspection. A home purchase is the investment of a lifetime, and you deserve to have complete confidence in your financial decision.