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3 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Inspection

It's time for your home inspection. Want to get the most out of it? Here are three great ways how:

Be Present At the Inspection

It's not only a great idea to attend your inspection, it should be your top priority on inspection day. While there are certainly situations when you simply cannot attend, it is the single best way to get the most comprehensive information about your prospective home and see first-hand any issues that will be mentioned in the inspection report.

Be an active participant. In addition to inspecting the home, the inspector will educate you about the house and encourage your questions. So don't be afraid to ask them. This is an important opportunity for you to receive a wealth of information and a detailed orientation to the home.

Remember to dress for the occasion too. Wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothes (sneakers are great too) and accompany your inspector when he wishes to show you something. Close-toed shoes and pants are recommended.

And lastly, make the time for your inspection. Expect your inspection to take between 2 and 3 hours. Don't schedule the inspection when you have to rush to another appointment or when you are otherwise distracted.

Avoid Distractions

It's a great idea to take notes during your inspection, but try not to keep your head down too much. Write any questions you have down ahead of time and keep them with you. That way, you will be paying close attention to the inspector and information he is currently conveying, rather than trying to remember your questions for that area of the home.

Limit the distraction of other guests as well. There are occasions when you may wish to bring others along on your inspection, for an extra set of eyes, or someone whom you trust to help you ask questions or understand inspection information. But limit any guests that may distract you from the inspection or tempt you to discuss aesthetic topics better left for later.

Speaking of "guests," if at all possible, leave your children with a sitter or arrange for another adult to come along to watch them so that you can give the inspection your full attention.

Lastly, leave the pictures to the inspector. It's not a great idea to bring a camera/video camera to the inspection. Though this may sound counterintuitive, when you are stuck behind a lense, your attention is not fully on the inspection. You can also become easily tempted to begin taking pictures for other purposes, like decorating or space planning. Don't worry, the inspector will be providing a full written report and pictures of important areas.

Consider Optional Inspections or Testing

Getting the most out of your inspection may mean getting some additional inspections or tests performed that same day. Consider radon testing or pest inspections and get them done all at the same time.