Home inspection mistakes buyers and sellers should avoid

Platinum Property Inspections offers quality, thorough home and commercial property inspections in Prescott and Yavapai County.Whether you are a buyer or seller, Platinum Property Inspections wants to ensure your Prescott home inspection can help you with your real estate transaction. Here are some of the most common mistakes to avoid with your inspection:

Not preparing the home. Inspectors assume that homeowners will prepare their houses for inspection. An inspector should not have to empty a closet to gain access to an attic. All locks to utility closets, basements or sheds should be opened for the inspector. Prior to the inspection, hire professionals to do repairs that you know will need to be made. Many sellers will take the DIY route to try to save money, but poor workmanship will often result in the need for another inspection.

Not being present for the inspection. Being present for the inspection may not be required, but it’s smart. Simply reading the inspection report isn’t enough for the homeowner to get the complete picture. They need to get the information visually, on site, as well as verbally. Some inspectors will not do an inspection if the owner is not present.

Not reading the inspection report. Why pay money for an inspection and then just take a quick glance at the inspection report? It is not that difficult to read a good inspection report. A professional inspector will state simply what’s wrong with the house and give guidance as to how it can be fixed.

Not researching the inspector. You’re paying for the inspection – it only makes sense to do some research on the inspector. It has been said that the inspection is only as good as the inspector doing it. You might ask questions like: “How many inspections have you done?” “How long have you been an inspector?” “What education and certification do you have?”

Whether you are buying or selling a property, don’t make mistakes that may delay or disrupt your real estate transaction. To schedule a residential or commercial building inspection in Prescott, call the experts at Platinum Property Inspections at 928-713-0889.