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Buying a House: Questions for Your Home Inspection

I briefly touched on our home inspection in my last buying a house post, but thinking more about it I remember it being a very nerve-racking, sometimes confusing, experience. Trying to search the internet for common questions often resulted in some concerns that were not covered.  Just a warning, some of these questions may seem a bit “off beat” since we were looking at an older home. Depending on what kind of house you’re looking to buy you may have very different concerns and other questions that come up in your inspection. This is just a framework to get you started, so let’s get to it!

Some Home Inspection Questions

  • What kind of pipes are in the home? Are there any that will need to be replaced?
  • Are there any special instructions for the heating/cooling system?
    • We had baseboard heaters in our house that I had no intention of using but I wanted to know more about them just in case. To be safe, we had to figure out how to arrange our furniture around the baseboard heaters.
  • Are there any additional inspections you’d recommend after inspecting the house?
    • Such as termite, structural, general contractor, etc.
  • What issues should we be aware of/what’s super bad and needs to be repaired right away?
  • If this were your house, what would you fix and when?
  • Can you show me how to work that?
    • Honestly I have no idea why this was a question of mine, but it may come in handy!
  • Where is the breaker box?
  • Who should I have fix that?
    • Such as a general contractor, exterminator, plumber, electrician, etc.
  • Are the outlets grounded?
    • This is important!
  • Who does the lead inspections to check if there is any?

What To Do

  • Before you get to the inspection, make sure you measure important things at home! Such as your furniture/appliances if you’re bringing them. A few items that I measured were my KitchenAid stand mixer, desk, bed, the height of the current cabinets, and our table. I also measured my madeleine tray to compare against the current wall oven in the new house.
  • Following up to that I measured EVERYTHING in the new house. Doorways, windows, rooms, closets, cabinets, etc. Although I was a little slack on the dining room. Its measurement is recorded as “big enough”.
  • Make sure to record any projects you see that you’d like to get done both immediately and over time. My first was removing the carpet for our gorgeous, all wondrous hard woods, then ripping out the slider pieces on the main bathtub because ew.
  • Ask your realtor any burning questions you might have. We were worried about financing (since they don’t communicate with you as often as your realtor) and wanted some reassurance. Our realtor was incredibly helpful in that department!
  • Bring your fancy tape measure! Obviously that goes along with measuring but it’s a very important tool at the home inspection!
  • Don’t forget your camera! It’ll be fun to look back at how much your house has changed. Plus, it’s helpful when deciding on furniture, placement, and other such things.
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This is our house during the inspection!

One More Suggestion

My biggest recommendation for your questions, projects, measurements, etc  is to WRITE THEM DOWN! Get a notebook (that has at least one hard cover) just for all of your home things. This is, for once, totally a legit reason to purchase one. I purchased this Martha Stewart one with the matching paper that’s removable and movable. Looks like you can still purchase the paper but my color notebook is super expensive 😕 It is great paper though and you could certainly pair it with another ARC notebook! Here’s an example of one. These are just really cool sticky notes that I’ve wanted to try. If you get them please let me know if they’re awesome! Getting dividers to create sections is helpful but it’s obviously not necessary.

Hopefully this helps even a little bit! Remembering the inspection I had so much anxiety as it’s one of the last roadblocks to purchasing a house. Super, totally chill, no problem at all, right?

Wishing you a super awesome no problem home inspection,

Shantelle

PS – Check out the other posts in my buying a house series!

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