Be Honest...Do Home Inspections Give You An Awful Fright?!

Reblogger Maureen McCabe
Real Estate Agent with HER Realtors

 

Buyers are you scared about the home inspection?  It is a very important step in buying a home, I believe.  I think it would be scarier to go to closing without knowing.

Thanks to Chrissy Doremus for allowing a Re-Blog of this timely post.

 

Original content by Chrissy Doremus ~ US Inspect ~

The home inspection is a very 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 on Sunday, here are my 5 Ways to Make the Home Inspection Less Spooky!

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  1. The Spook: Home inspections are just plain scary.
    The Scoop: OK, they are only scary if you let inspection myths control your experience. 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 people, is actually past experiences, disappointments or just plain nerves. The good news is that most of that can be helped by just choosing the right inspector. The rest can be helped by acknowledging the concerns you may have. If it's your first home, it's OK to be nervous, if you've had past inspections not go as you liked, it's also OK to say hey, this is a different house and a different inspection—everything is gonna be OK.
  2. The Spook: Maybe this house is more work than I thought.
    The Scoop: You might see the house differently on inspection day, then you ever have before. 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 much easier.
  3. The Spook: The house is not perfect anymore.
    The Scoop: 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. The inspection report and the inspector will help distinguish between big problems and small ones. Ask questions during the inspection. Think about your concerns and needs prior to that day and make sure you get the answers you require. 
  4. The Spook: The house is great, but the report still mentions a lot about required maintenance.
    The Scoop: 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.
  5. The Spook: For what they are asking for this house, it should have been flawless!
    The Scoop: 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.

Posted By: Chrissy Doremus, U.S. Inspect Blog

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Thanks for the re-post :) Any good spam? Handbags or something? ;-)

Oct 28, 2010 02:46 PM #3
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Maureen McCabe
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Home inspection school spam...  a new one for me.

It looked like a local school that teaches classes for people who want to be home inspectors thought it was a great place to put a couple of links to promote their school...   According to Linkedin,  the name signed is the marketing director for the "college."   They also do real estate  continuing education and prelicensing classes.  I hope it was not the Marketing Director or they better send him back to school for 2010 marketing practices.   

Oct 28, 2010 03:15 PM #4
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Ah, then I guess somehow I helped you get that one ;-) Geeze...I usually get spam all at once on all my posts--it's so irritating.

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What a funny analogy!  I guess after all these years my buyers are the only ones that get spooked.  I think I've seen everything but something new always pops up.

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;-)

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