Questions. The homebuying process is full of them. From financing to selecting a neighborhood to making an offer, getting answers to your questions will help you make more informed decisions at every step.
A thorough home inspection can make the difference between moving into your dream home and facing unexpected repairs and costs down the line. It can provide a clear picture of the property’s condition, highlighting potential issues that might not be visible to the untrained eye. This knowledge empowers buyers to make informed decisions, negotiate better deals, or even reconsider a purchase if significant problems are uncovered.
Given the pivotal role home inspections play in a buyer’s decision-making process, ensuring you’re getting the most out of it is essential. Here are some vital questions you should ask your home inspector:
What are your qualifications?
In Nebraska, a Home Inspector must register with the Secretary of State and provide proof of Certification and Insurance. Additionally, an inspector with a demonstrated track record of satisfied clients (see reviews) and an understanding of building structural and system components is most likely to deliver a thorough and professional inspection that will provide you peace of mind regarding your property.
What does your inspection cover?
A Certified, professional home inspector must comply with industry “Standards of Practice” which describe the detailed aspects of the inspection. A typical inspection will cover over 150 individual items and will include the interior and exterior components of the home.
Do I need to be present for the inspection?
To get the most value from a professional home inspection, it’s important that you’re available to meet and review in person. Most inspectors prefer that the review and “walk-through” occur at the inspection’s conclusion which enables them to focus on and complete their inspection process and better explain the entirety of their report.
How long does an inspection take to complete?
Depending on the size and age of the home, a thorough, professional inspection will normally take between 3 and 4 hours.
When will I receive my inspection report?
Time is of the essence in real estate transactions. Generally, the report should be delivered the same day, or within 24 hours, of the inspection.
Are there potential issues that might need a specialist’s opinion?
Some problems, such as structural issues, specific pest infestations, more detailed HVAC system evaluations, or confirmation of mold levels, might require a specialist. An inspection will let you know upfront if further evaluation is recommended.
What maintenance tasks would you recommend for this property?
Beyond identifying defects and making recommendations that the homebuyer should be aware of before making an offer, a good inspector can provide insights into deferred and routine maintenance needed to keep the home in top shape. Additionally, Acuity provides every client with a “Home Maintenance Manual” – a comprehensive guide about your home and what you, as an owner, should do to help maintain its function, longevity, and value.
A home inspection is more than just a formality; it’s a vital step in ensuring the property you’re investing in is sound and worth the price. By asking the right questions, you can gain a deeper understanding of your potential new home and confidently decide. At Acuity Home Inspections, we pride ourselves on our professional and educational approach, ensuring every homebuyer in Nebraska’s Douglas and Sarpy Counties is well-informed and confident in their decisions.