What Should A Buyer Do During A Home Inspection?

Date Published: January 5, 2023

Purchasing a home is a whirlwind of a process with lots of moving parts. Sometimes it’s hard to know what to do and when to do it, especially if you are a first time home buyer. One of the most crucial stages of the home buying process is the home inspection.

As a home inspection company, our clients will commonly ask: “what should I do during the inspection?”

We know it can get overwhelming, but not to worry! Because in this article, we will break down what to do when it is time for your inspection.

Attend the Home Inspection

First of all, if you are able to attend the inspection, it is a good idea to do so. It is commonly accepted that, as the buyer, you may be present while the inspection is conducted. If you are unable to attend the inspection, it helps to have your agent or an authorized representative attend on your behalf.

We will generally inform our clients about the approximate length of the inspection, and when the inspector will be ready to present his/her summary. (This is an estimate based on the size and age of the house).

In some cases, buyers and agents will arrive around summary time. However, you are welcome to be onsite for the duration of the whole inspection.

Home inspection summary

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Get to Know the Home

You probably saw the house online and likely went to an in-person showing. But the inspection will give you a chance to spend more time and really get familiar with the property. Take advantage!

Be sure to come armed with a tape measurer. Now is the time to plan for that perfectly-sized couch or dining room table, or whether or not to go with a queen or king-sized bed.

This is also the time to find all the important controls in the home. Our inspectors will show you the location of the main water shut-off, electrical box, thermostats, and any other crucial controls.

During your time at the home, you should make observations on your own and take note of any questions or concerns that may arise. That way, when it comes time for the inspection summary, you will be prepared to pick your inspector’s brain.

Home buyers measuring room dimensions during home inspection.

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Following Along with Your Inspector

While you explore your potential new home, your inspector will be hard at work, carefully examining each aspect of the residence. There is no need to follow the inspector every step of the way, as he/she will cover each item in detail during the summary. However, it can be beneficial to observe the big ticket items, such as the foundation, HVAC system, water heater, and electrical.

These are some of the most important facets of the home, and certain defects or damage to these components could mean costly repairs. So naturally, it is paramount for the inspector to convey any major concerns in a clear and understandable manner. In many cases, it’s easiest for the inspector to articulate these types of issues by showing you in person.

exterior home inspection

Home Inspection Summary

When the home inspection is complete, it is standard to have an in-person summary. During this time, the inspector will highlight all the items of concern. At Scott Home Inspection, our inspectors divide their observations into 3 main categories: maintenance items, repair recommendations, and immediate action recommendations. 

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Utilizing this categorical system, the inspector will help you to understand what issues are most important to address. Once the inspector has concluded his/her summary, it is now your time to fire away with any questions or concerns. Our inspectors are highly experienced, knowledgeable, and happy to address any issues you may have.

In addition to a full onsite summary and discussion, we will send you the full report that same day. You can also reach out with any additional questions that might come up later on.

At Scott Home Inspection, it is our priority to make sure you walk away from the inspection feeling comfortable and confident to take the next step (whatever that step may be). If you are in need of a home inspection, feel free to reach out for more information or to schedule your inspection today!

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About the Author: Chris Kimmel

Chris Kimmel worked as an Associate Home Inspector for two years, handling numerous services including sewer scope inspections, pest inspections, mold air sample testing, radon testing, and water quality testing. Chris now works with Scott Home Inspection as a Content Writing Specialist.

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