You know getting your home inspected is important. As a homeowner, taking action to learn what condition your home and its components are in is the responsible thing to do. That’s why you had it done, after all. But now what? Once the home inspection has been done, what are you supposed to do afterward?
Read the Report
After the inspection is completed, the inspector will take some time to compile notes and create the report. Once made, the report will be sent to you. The first thing you should do when you have it is read it. The report should be a guide that you can use to make decisions about how to address home maintenance and repairs.
Ask Follow-up Questions if Needed
Just because you understand the individual words on the report doesn’t necessarily mean that you understand what it’s supposed to tell you when they’re put together that way. Maybe you aren’t familiar with some of the specific industry jargon. There are a ton of reasons why you might have questions about the report you’ve been given. The best way to get answers to your questions is to contact the inspector and ask them. It may just be a matter of a simple misunderstanding. You might also consider getting a second inspection to get another opinion on the house. Make the most of the opportunity by asking the next inspector the questions you have during the inspection itself to reduce the chances of confusion.
Depending on what the report says, you may need to start making plans to address the problems that were identified. If you were told that the HVAC system is getting old and isn’t running efficiently, you may be able to squeeze more use out of it. It would be wise to start saving up to have it replaced, though. Use the report to make a list of maintenance and repairs that should be done and prioritize them based on importance and your budget.
Your job isn’t done after the home inspection has been completed. In fact, it’s only just started. Once you have the report back, take the time to read it. Ask any follow-up questions if you have them. Then start making a plan to address problems that were identified. This will help you keep your home in good condition so it can be enjoyed for decades to come.
Fixing a problem with your home is a lot easier if you know it exists in the first place. Contact us to set up your home inspection appointment today.