How to Make the Most of Your Final Inspectionby Enlighten Yourself
As you started the search for your dream home, you began to wonder if this day would ever come. After visiting numerous disappointing properties and speaking with several unhelpful Realtors you had almost resigned yourself to the fact that your dream home just wasn’t out there
But, here we are! Ready for the final inspection to take place on the dream home you finally found before you take ownership and call it your own! To help you get the most benefit from your final inspection, below are some great tips to consider.
It Isn’t a DIY Job
Once you move into the home there will likely be a number of small improvement jobs tasks that you want to undertake or designer furniture pieces you picked up from the Groupon Coupons page for Design Within Reach that you are excited to arrange. But as handy and qualified as you may think you are, you aren’t qualified to perform your own final inspection.
When choosing your property inspector, consider the following:
- Will your roof be inspected?
- Will they climb under your house to thoroughly inspect your foundations?
- How long will it take them to prepare and provide their report?
- How much will they charge?
- How long will the inspection take?
- Are they qualified?
- Can they provide any references?
These considerations can help you narrow your choices to somebody reputable and trustworthy.
Just because you won’t be officially inspecting the property does not mean that you shouldn’t attend. Remember, the final inspection is the last time that you will get to see and visit the property before it changes ownership and any and all problems become yours.
With this in mind, be sure to attend alongside your inspector and check the following:
- Take a cell phone charger with you and plug it into all of the sockets to test
- Run your hands over the walls to test for any hidden water damage
- Check all of the inclusions listed to ensure they are still there and working correctly
- Jiggle pipes under counter tops to test for stability and any potential leaks or problems
- Flush every toilet and run every faucet to check irrigation and drainage systems are functioning
These items aren’t likely to be covered by your inspector, however, can be crucial to deciding whether or not you anticipate problems with the property in the future. If you do notice any of the items listed above, speak with your inspector while you are both at the property and have them give the area concerned a closer look and inspection before advising you.
A final inspection is your last chance to uncover any problems with the property that you can raise with the current owner. Remember that until you have signed the papers, it’s not too late to change your offer. If you find something which doesn’t sit right or you can identify a future problem, don’t afraid to revise your offer to take any anticipated future repair costs into consideration.
Alongside these tips, be sure to ask your friends and family about their experiences with final inspection. They can help you with valuable information about any processes or procedures they wish they know about prior to their own inspection experience.
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