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Top 10 Questions to Ask During a Home Inspection

Top 10 Questions to Ask During a Home Inspection

Top 10 Questions to Ask During a Home Inspection

Dec 4, 2023

Homebuyer Touring Home
Homebuyer Touring Home

A home inspection is like a backstage tour of your potential new house – a chance to lift the curtain and discover what's really going on beneath the surface. But how do you ensure you're getting the full scoop? These questions are your passport to gaining a deeper understanding of the property's true condition and uncovering any hidden issues that might lurk behind those pristine walls.

Even if you use this list of questions, it's natural to have dozens or even hundreds of additional inquiries. HomeScore, a new tool, enhances your home inspection experience and enables you to access answers to thousands of extra questions that might arise at any moment. 

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1. How Would You Rate the Overall Condition of the Home?

86% of buyers who used a home inspection said that their inspector identified at least one problem that should be addressed. This broad question sets the stage for the inspector's overall impression. It's a fantastic icebreaker and can give you an immediate sense of the home's general state.

2. Are There Any Major Concerns or Red Flags?

Put the cards on the table – ask the inspector if there are any glaring issues that need urgent attention. According to findings from Porch, about 46% of buyers reported that they “used home inspection reports to negotiate a lower price on their home.” It's better to know upfront and avoid potential surprises later.

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3. Can You Explain the Significance of Any Findings?

A crucial one – ask the inspector to provide context for their findings. Understand not just what's wrong, but how serious it is and whether it's a deal-breaker or a fixable hiccup.

4. What Maintenance Tips Should I Know About?

Prevention is better than cure. Inquire about maintenance routines and tips to keep the home in good shape. This could save you a lot of hassle down the road.

5. Which Issues Require Immediate Attention?

Sometimes there's a fine line between urgent and important. Ask the inspector to pinpoint issues that should be addressed right away to avoid escalation.

6. Are There Any Potential Safety Concerns?

Safety first! Inquire about any safety hazards, whether it's electrical, structural, or anything that might pose a risk to your family.

7. How Long Until Repairs Are Needed for Major Components?

Knowing the expected lifespan of major components like the roof, HVAC system, and appliances can give you a timeline for future investments.

8. Are There Any Signs of Water Damage or Moisture Issues?

Water can be a home's worst enemy. Ask the inspector to be thorough when checking for signs of water damage, leaks, or moisture-related issues.

9. Can You Explain the Functionality of [Specific Component]?

If you're not well-versed in the mechanics of a certain feature (like a sump pump or a sprinkler system), don't hesitate to ask the inspector for a crash course.

10. Is There Anything I Should Document or Follow Up On?

Sometimes, the inspection report is just the beginning. Ask if there are any aspects you should document or follow up on after the inspection, either for your peace of mind or future negotiations.

Bonus: Can You Show Me How to Operate [Appliance or System]?

A little practical knowledge goes a long way. If you're unfamiliar with how to operate a specific appliance or system, ask the inspector to demonstrate it to you.

Remember, a home inspection is your chance to become best friends with your future home. Don't shy away from asking these questions; they're your ticket to a clearer picture of what you're investing in. After the inspector leaves, feel free to ask any remaining questions you have regarding repair urgency, estimated costs, or anything else about the property to HomeScore. Armed with answers, you'll make informed decisions that can save you time, money, and potential headaches. 

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