I’m Jeff Kahl, owner/operator of Your Place Inspections LLC. I’m licensed by the State of Wisconsin and professionally trained by Internachi and Ahit. My home inspections usually take between 2.5 to 4 hours depending on size, condition and age of the home. Plus after 30 plus years as a UPS Driver I love talking with people and I love looking at homes. I invite you along on the inspection to ask questions and to become more familiar with your new place. A home inspection is a snap shot in time, not a guarantee of problem free home ownership. Somethings can only be detected by actually living in the home. I will do everything in my power though to provide you with a thorough inspection and providing you with a very easy to read report that includes a reference section to look back on once you move in you new place. The following section I borrowed from Zillow (You know the website you’ve been glued to for months.)
As the buyer, you hire the property inspector, who should be licensed by the state. You sign an agreement with and pay the inspector. Most buyers get a referral for an inspector from their real estate agent.
The inspector is not a contractor, though some inspectors were contractors in their previous careers. While they may be able to shed light on what you can or can’t do to a property and its potential costs, their objective is to inspect the property, its systems and the overall state of the home.
A good inspector will remain impartial and not be an alarmist, though they will point out concerns that need to be addressed. The inspector isn’t a part of the transaction, and shouldn’t get into the nitty-gritty of your deal — nor would they want to.
The inspector should look around, make notes and provide you with a detailed report as well as some feedback on future maintenance.
Be sure to walk around with the inspector. Walk around with the inspector, go into the basement, venture into the crawlspace. It will be helpful for the inspector to point things out to you in real time and demonstrate where the systems are and how they work. Also, some things are better understood in person than read about in a report days later.
Your Uncle Bob
Finally, it’s important to comprehend why having Uncle Bob, a handyman or an electrical contractor on hand during the inspection is a bad idea.
While it may seem logical to bring a relative or close friend who is a contractor, be mindful that these people aren’t licensed property inspectors. Sometimes, the most well-intentioned people will end up causing harmful consequences.
Uncle Bob may feel it’s important to point out as many negative things as possible, just to seem helpful. He’s far from impartial, however, and hasn’t been a part of your home-buying journey or recent negotiations. You run the risk of raising unnecessary red flags.
Time for a huddle
After the inspection, you and your agent will likely huddle to talk about what went on and to strategize next steps. Hopefully, the inspection was flawless, and you’re one step closer to picking out your new paint colors.
If not, you may need to do more negotiations after the inspection. Hopefully, the inspections weren’t so bad that you walk away. But sometimes it happens.
Either way, it helps to know what to expect going in and to prepare for anything.
And now for the “fine print”:
- It’s valid for home inspections performed for home buyers and home sellers by participating InterNACHI® Certified Professional Inspectors® only.
- The home must be listed for sale with a licensed real estate agent.
- The Guarantee excludes homes with material defects not present at the time of the inspection, or not required to be inspected, per InterNACHI’s Residential Standards of Practice.
- The Guarantee will be honored for 90 days after closing.
- InterNACHI® will pay you whatever price you paid for the home.