After an inspector has finished a home report, buyers may feel overwhelmed by any flaws that might have been found. That’s why it’s important they take the opportunity to learn more so that they can move forward confidently in the transaction. Home inspectors are bound to uncover something in a home; no home is perfect. But most of the problems they uncover will likely be minor.
Have the home inspector clarify which problems fall within the “minor” or “major” categories. If the inspector identifies a potentially major problem, consumers will want to follow up whether they should call an additional expert in to investigate further. For example, consumers may need to bring in an electrician to take a closer look at potential electrical issues that were flagged or a roofer if a roofing problem is suspected. Those specialists can then give an idea of the cost to fix it, which the real estate agent can take to the seller to request a concession, if the seller doesn’t want to fix it prior to the sale. Of course, we prefer to have the sellers fix the most important problems found by the home inspector, if not, you can look at it like a “to-do list” for those items that did not get repaired by the seller prior to the sale.