Wednesday, October 10, 2018

4 Questions to Ask Your North Shore Home Inspector

In a past blog post, I've shared 4 Red Flags Your Home Inspection Could Miss and now it's on to another important inspection topic— questions to ask! Once you've gone over the report, you will likely have dozens of questions about the items listed which can leave you feeling uneasy about your future purchase. Be sure to note the four questions below to help you calm your homebuyer nerves after the inspection!

What is this item?
If you're unclear about an item listed in the inspection report, do not hesitate to ask your inspector! For instance, if there is a defect in the electrical system that you don't understand, ask exactly what needs to be fixed and how serious it is. You should never be afraid to ask for clarification about the items found in the report.

Is this serious?
When you look over the report, you will notice many minor issues, but not all will need to be addressed immediately. Ask your inspector if any major problems came up and what needs to be remedied now. You should be fully aware of the major issues before buying a North Shore home!

Should I make a follow-up?
Your Glencoe, Highland Park, Deerfield, Northbrook, and Winnetka inspector will be knowledgable, but he may also refer you to another expert like an electrician or plumber for a closer look at a problem. If he flags something in the report like this that needs further inspection, ask him if you need to make a follow-up with another expert.

What needs to be done after the purchase?
Remember that if you don't ask the seller to make certain repairs, they are now on your plate! Ask the inspector what needs to be fixed after you move-in, or in other words what you don't need to ask the seller for and what can wait. You will still want to stay on top of these repairs in case it will be something isn't functioning properly when you step in the door!

Ready to start the home buying process or have more questions for a real estate expert in Glencoe, Highland Park, Deerfield, Northbrook, or Winnetka? Give me a call today!

Janie Bress
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