Residential Property Inspections In Pittsburgh
Do's and Don’ts for Buyers Attending the Inspection:
- Do bring the executed ‘Inspection Agreement’ which we e-mail to you prior to the inspection along with your payment to the inspection. This agreement develops an up front understanding of the terms and conditions for our inspections. A sample agreement may be viewed here.
- Do bring an extra copy of the 'Disclosure Statement' for the inspector. This information is useful to follow-up leads about the defects reported by the seller. It also helps with knowing about the age of the roofing. The review of this document at the inspection helps you understand the complexity of selling a home and completing this document. One day, you’ll need to prepare this document. This home inspection along with you gathering all the information about the home you are purchasing will help you with writing a ‘Disclosure Statement’ which provides all the pertinent information.
- Do be present for as much of the inspection as possible. Be prepared to walk with the inspector through every step looking together at each component and system.
- Do come prepared to listen and to ask questions. Lots of maintenance information is provided. Bring paper, pencil and camera. You'll receive the most benefit from the inspection if you take notes. A picture is worth a thousand words; they are especially useful to help you discuss material defects with your realtor immediately after the inspection.
- Do wear comfortable shoes, lots of time is spent in the basement on the concrete. The inspection generally lasts three (3) hours; almost all of it is on our feet.
- Do come prepared to complete your house buying decision. The inspection is really the time for you to decide if needed repairs are more than you are prepared to handle.
- Don't invite friends and relatives to your new house unless they are a decision maker. You won't have time for small talk. Besides, it makes the seller uncomfortable.
- Don't be surprised by the inspector's findings. Sellers often understate the defects in the home they are attempting to sell. Roof ages listed as 'Unknown' normally means the roof is at or is near the time for replacement. 'Some water penetrates during the most severe rainstorms' usually means the basement is wet and musty. However, all houses are in need of repair.
- The needed repairs are almost always a surprise for you. We’ll help you understand the difference between repairs which are ordinary and nominal cost repairs verses material costly repairs.
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