We at Peace of Mind Inspections Services want to make your selling/buying experience an informative and enjoyable one. Your home inspection report is a great place to start. In addition to the written report, checklist, photos, and what the inspector himself said during the inspection – not to mention the seller’s disclosure and what you noticed yourself – it’s easy to become overwhelmed. However, it’s likely that your inspection report included mostly maintenance recommendations, life expectancy for the home’s various systems and components, minor imperfections. These are useful to know about.
The issues that really matter fall into four categories:
1. major defects, such as structural failure;
2. things that can lead to major defects, such as a small leak due to defective roof flashing;
3. things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home if not rectified immediately; and
4. safety hazards, such as an exposed, live bus bar at the electrical panel.
Anything in these categories should be addressed as soon as possible. Often, a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4).
The InterNachi video below explains the inspection process and talks about what really matters in your inspection.