What Happens on Home Inspection Day?

What Happens on Home Inspection Day?

Normally sellers aren’t present during the inspection.  But if you’re the buyer, you should be there if at all possible—even if it means taking a day off work.  It’s a great way to learn a lot about the home you’re about to buy.

Depending on the size of the house, most inspections take two to four hours.  These people are thorough.  They’ll carefully examine the home’s roof, exterior, interior, and all of its plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems.  Unless the home is in town and hooked up to city water and sewer, you may also want to have the well and septic inspected.

If you’re looking over the inspector’s shoulder, you’ll learn a lot from the comments they make as they’re observing, snapping photos, and taking notes.  But try to stay in listening mode rather than slowing the process down with too many questions.  You’ll get the full written report later.

And don’t panic if your inspector says “Hmmm…  This doesn’t look right.”  It may not be a big deal.  Keep your perspective.  Some issues might be large, but most will be small.  Some will be things you can take care of yourself.  Every home owner needs to do a little home maintenance now and then.  If you don’t now, you will later.

Later, once you receive the inspector’s written report, it’s even more important to keep your perspective, keep calm, and don’t panic. Call your Realtor to discuss options.


About Jean

Jean Hedren, Your Northwest Wisconsin Realtor. Specializing in up-north lake homes, cabins, and waterfront real estate. Serving the real estate needs of northern Wisconsin buyers and sellers in Barnes, Solon Springs, Lake Nebagamon, Gordon, Wascott, Minong, Trego, Spooner, Hayward, Webb Lake, and beyond. I’ll be glad to help you find the lake place that’s right for you; some of my favorite NW WI lakes include the Eau Claire Chain of Lakes, Nelson Lake, Lake Minnesuing, Lake Nebagamon, Upper Saint Croix Lake, Whitefish Lake, the Minong Flowage, Gilmore Lake, Kimball Lake, Nancy Lake, Bond Lake, Leader Lake, Big Bass Lake, the McKenzie Lakes, Horseshoe Lake, and Webb Lake. To learn more about the cabins and lake homes for sale in northwest Wisconsin, give me a call at 218-590-6634. Or, you can reach me at jeanhedren@edinarealty.com.
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