The home inspection is an important step during the buying process, but for some reason, it is a step that can give some buyers—and even some seasoned real estate professionals—an awful fright! So, in honor of Halloween, here are my 5 Ways to Make the Home Inspection Less Spooky! For Prescott area and Phoenix metro area inspections, we are here to help.
- Home inspections are just plain scary.
The truth is, we aren’t scary people and we are here to educate, not get you shaking in your boots. What makes home inspections scary for some is actually past experiences, disappointments or just plain nerves. The good news is that picking the right inspector makes all the difference. Relax – everything will be okay.
- Maybe this house is more work than I thought.
The home inspection is often the first time you will look at the house more “analytically” instead of “emotionally.” It can be difficult if you are not prepared for the step-by-step evaluation of the house. But if you are prepared for the slight change of perspective that the home inspection may bring, the process becomes less scary.
- The house is not perfect anymore.
Ok, but rest assured, there is no such thing as a perfect house. Prepare for the fact that some defects may be found in the house, but keep in mind that every house—even a new house—has some. We will help you distinguish between big problems and small ones. Ask questions after the inspection. Think about your concerns and needs prior to that day and make sure you get the answers you require.
- The house is great, but the report still mentions a lot about required maintenance.
Buying a home is similar to buying a pre-owned car. One must always expect maintenance and some unexpected repairs. No inspection can completely eliminate all risks, and all homes require maintenance, repair, and care. It is important to be comfortable with this concept prior to the inspection experience—especially those who have never owned a home before.
- For what they are asking for this house, it should have been flawless!
Unfortunately, home price and home condition do not go hand-in-hand. Price has much more to do with location and the market conditions than anything else. After all, even million-dollar homes have defects. So no matter what the purchase price, avoid falling into the trap of expecting a flawless house.