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Home Inspection Day: A Checklist for Buyers and Sellers

A home inspector inspecting a home
Home Inspection Day

A home inspection is a crucial step in the home buying or selling process. It provides valuable insights into the condition of the property, giving both buyers and sellers peace of mind (or a heads-up for potential issues). But before the inspector arrives, there are a few tasks that can ensure a smooth and informative inspection.

Here's your checklist to conquer home inspection day:

For Sellers:

  • Clear the Way: Grant the inspector easy access to the entire house, including the attic (if accessible), crawl space (if applicable), and exterior areas like the roof (if safe and accessible). Remove any obstacles like furniture, grills, or overgrown landscaping.

  • Turn on the Utilities:  Make sure all utilities (electricity, water, gas) are functioning properly. The inspector will need to examine features like plumbing fixtures, appliances, and the HVAC system.

  • Unlock Everything:  Unlock all doors, cabinets, and the attic access hatch to allow the inspector full access for examination.

  • Gather Documentation (Optional):  If you have any relevant paperwork like roof permits, window/door certifications, or maintenance records, have them readily available for the inspector's reference.

  • Minor Fixes (Optional):  Consider addressing any minor cosmetic issues or quick fixes you've been putting off. While the inspector isn't nitpicking aesthetics, a well-maintained home creates a positive impression.

  • Be Prepared to Answer Questions:  The inspector might ask about the age of the roof, major appliances, or any past repairs. Having this information handy can streamline the process.

  • Consider Leaving During the Inspection:  Unless you have specific questions or concerns, it's perfectly acceptable to leave the house during the inspection. This gives the inspector space to work freely.

For Buyers:

  • Schedule a Walk-Through:  If possible, do a quick walk-through with the inspector before they begin their detailed examination. This allows you to point out any specific areas you'd like them to focus on.

  • Ask Questions: Don't hesitate to ask questions throughout the inspection process. The inspector is there to provide information and clarify any doubts you might have.

  • Take Notes: Take notes during the inspection to keep track of the inspector's findings and any questions you want to ask later.

  • Review the Report: Once you receive the inspection report, take time to review it carefully. Discuss any major issues with the seller or your realtor.

General Tips for Both Buyers and Sellers:

  • Be Respectful of the Inspector:  The inspector is a professional providing an important service. Treat them with courtesy and avoid pressuring them for specific outcomes.

  • Relax and Breathe:  The inspection can feel nerve-wracking, but remember, it's an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge about the property.

By following these simple steps, you can ensure a productive home inspection that empowers you to make informed decisions about your real estate transaction. Remember, a little preparation goes a long way!


Looking For A Home Inspector In Jacksonville Florida?

Why Choose JA Building Solutions for Your Jacksonville Residential Home Inspection?

  • Experienced and Certified Inspectors: Our team consists of highly trained and certified and have extensive experience in Jacksonville's unique housing market. We're familiar with the area's common construction types, potential concerns, and are trained on the ICC residential building code.

  • Detailed and Transparent Reports: You'll receive a meticulous inspection report that clearly outlines the condition of your potential home, including photos, video (if necessary) and easy-to-understand explanations. We don't just identify issues; we provide insights and recommendations to help you prioritize repairs or negotiations.

  • Unwavering Commitment to You: We prioritize your satisfaction. Our team is approachable and happy to answer your questions throughout the inspection process. We want you to feel confident and empowered as you move forward in the home-buying journey.

  • Advanced Inspection Technology: We utilize cutting-edge tools and techniques to ensure a thorough evaluation of your home's major systems, including electrical, plumbing, foundation, roof, and HVAC.

Jacksonville's Diverse Housing Market Requires Knowledge

Jacksonville boasts a rich history reflected in its architectural styles. From charming bungalows to modern townhomes and sprawling waterfront estates, a thorough understanding of local construction methods is crucial for a comprehensive inspection. We have the knowledge to navigate these variations and provide insightful assessments tailored to your specific property.


Home Inspection FAQ's

When to get a home inspection?

There are several key points in the home buying process where getting a home inspection is highly recommended:

Before Making an Offer:

  • Peace of Mind:  An inspection conducted before you submit an offer can reveal any major issues with the property. This knowledge empowers you to make an informed decision about moving forward with the purchase or potentially negotiating repairs with the seller.

  • Bargaining Power:  A detailed inspection report highlighting necessary repairs can strengthen your negotiating position when making an offer on the house.

After Your Offer is Accepted (Contingency Period):

  • Standard Practice:  In most real estate transactions, the buyer includes a home inspection contingency in the purchase agreement. This contingency allows you to back out of the purchase if the inspection reveals significant problems that were not disclosed by the seller.

  • Uncovering Hidden Issues:  A professional inspector can uncover hidden issues that may not be readily apparent during a walk-through, such as structural problems, electrical hazards, or plumbing defects.

Other Situations to Consider a Home Inspection:

  • Buying an Older Home:  Homes built decades ago may have outdated systems or materials that could pose potential problems. An inspection can identify these concerns and help you budget for future repairs or replacements.

  • Foreclosures or REOs (Real Estate Owned by Banks):  These properties have often been vacant for some time and might have suffered from neglect or damage. An inspection can reveal any underlying issues that need to be addressed.

  • For Major Renovations:  If you're planning extensive renovations on a property, a pre-renovation inspection can identify any hidden problems that could complicate or add to the cost of the project.

  • Buying A Newly Built Home: Even though a home is newly built it does not mean there are not problems. Having an independent home inspection performed on a newly constructed house enables you to have an unbias professional perspective.

  • 11 Month Warranty Inspections: Home builders often offer a 1 year builders warranty on newly constructed homes. Having an independent home inspection performed by an unbias private inspector enables you to get potential problems with your home corrected by the home builder before it falls on your dime.

  • Annual Home Maintenance: Over time the systems in your home are going to age and not work as effectively. You can mitigate middle of the night emergencies by tracking the maintenance of your homes' systems with an annual maintenance home inspection.

Remember: A home inspection is an investment that can save you from costly surprises down the road. Consulting with a qualified inspector before finalizing a home purchase is generally considered a wise decision.

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