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Mistakes Buyers Shouldn’t Make During the Home Inspection

There are several mistakes that buyers should avoid during a home inspection to ensure they get the most out of the process and make an informed decision about their potential purchase. Some common mistakes to avoid include:

  1. Skipping the inspection: One of the biggest mistakes buyers can make is to forgo the home inspection altogether. Even if a home looks perfect on the surface, there could be underlying issues that only a professional inspection can uncover.

  2. Not being present: Buyers should make every effort to be present during the inspection. This allows them to ask questions and get a better understanding of any issues the inspector may uncover.

  3. Not hiring a qualified inspector: It's important to hire a qualified and experienced home inspector to ensure that they are thorough and able to identify any potential issues. Buyers should research and select an inspector with a good reputation and the necessary certifications.

  4. Not reviewing the report carefully: Buyers should carefully review the home inspection report to ensure they understand all of the issues identified by the inspector. They should ask for clarification on any areas that are unclear and make note of any repairs that may be needed.

  5. Not negotiating repairs: If the inspection reveals significant issues, buyers should not be afraid to negotiate repairs or ask for credits from the seller to cover the cost of repairs.

  6. Failing to consider long-term costs: Buyers should consider not only the immediate repairs that may be needed but also any long-term costs associated with maintaining the property. This can include things like energy efficiency, maintenance requirements, and potential future repairs.

By avoiding these mistakes, buyers can get the most out of the home inspection process and make a more informed decision about their potential purchase.

After the inspection is done and you have the inspection report in your inbox, it is time to negotiate. This step is best to be handled by professionals, in this case, your real estate agent:

A home inspection contingency is a clause in a real estate purchase agreement that allows the buyer to have a professional home inspection performed on the property before the purchase is completed. The contingency typically states that the buyer has a certain number of days to complete the inspection and to negotiate any repairs or other issues that may arise as a result of the inspection.

The purpose of the home inspection contingency is to protect the buyer from purchasing a property that may have undisclosed defects or problems. If the inspection reveals issues that the buyer is uncomfortable with, they may be able to negotiate with the seller to have the issues fixed, receive a credit for the repairs, or even terminate the contract and receive a refund of their deposit.

In general, a home inspection contingency is an important part of the home buying process, as it can help ensure that the buyer is making an informed decision and not purchasing a property that may have hidden problems or defects.

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