SO, YOU HAVE A 62-PAGE REPORT, GREAT NOW WHAT!
Nearly every home inspection—even those on new homes—will turn up some issues.
Almost ⅓ of my inspections are on new homes
It is important to pick your battles when it comes to repairs requested from a home inspection. There are only so many repairs most sellers are willing to commit to – especially in a seller’s market and/or during short inventory
Things to let go
Under $100. Let it go
- Things under $100, in general, are deferred maintenance unless it is a major safety issue or greatly diminishes the functionality of the Home
Things on the Sellers Disclosure
- If the seller disclosed it, it is inappropriate to ask for it to be fixed because the Inspector also found it. The buyer knew about it before the inspection.
Things the Buyer and Agent noticed
- If you know about it it should be taken into account on the original offer
- Sheds, Detached Garages and so on. They are not normally included in a home inspection unless stated
- A deck needs staining, touching up paint, so on.
Crack In Basement Floor
- The cracks are purely aesthetic. In fact, if you are purchasing a home that doesn’t have a few cracks you’re lucky.
Major foundation issues
- Foundation issues are a huge undertaking to repair and it tops the list of home-buying deal breakers
Radon Tests High (and no mitigation)
- Radon needs to be in the guidelines set forth by the EPA. Eliminating this risk is easy through professional mitigation
- Unless disturbed, asbestos isn’t usually problematic. Asbestos insulation around pipes that is friable [crumbling] is a serious health issue and should be remediated prior to closing.
- If your potential home has it, it could mean big trouble.
Buried oil tanks
- Before electrical heating came along, some homes had oil tanks buried in the backyard to funnel fuel to the house during winter.
Polybutylene plumbing pipes
- These pipes had their heyday as a cheap alternative to copper in the ’80s, but it didn’t last long.
Upgrades without permits
- It can be a very bad thing if the homeowner in charge had a DIY streak and a problem with authority.
Major Structural Issues
- A leaking roof or substantial building violations.