Listen: nobody likes a “bad” home inspection report. You don’t like getting them, and – believe it or not – we don’t like writing them.
When you get back a report with a long list of problems, it doesn’t feel good. But you also shouldn’t give up hope.
If your report isn’t what you were hoping for, take a deep breath and then follow these tips.
“But Brian, the TITLE of this blog is all about failed inspections!” Yes, I know. But that’s what people usually say when they get a bad report, so I’m trying to speak your language.
The truth is, home inspections aren’t a pass/fail. Instead, they’re a list of observations about the status of a home.
Its not really a fail either vs just another notation on a report. Every house has issues, even new ones. It just matters what you are paying for. ie – Are you paying a premium, paying market rate or getting it at a discount? Each one has a different approach and the key is relying on your seasoned agent and seasoned inspector to shoot the straights at you so you know what you’re buying and how to move forward after an inspection.
Many people consider a long report with a list of costly problems to be a “fail,” but technically speaking there’s no pass/fail metric. A house with a mile-long problem report can still sell as-is…to the right buyer.
Your house is more or less like the human body – a lot less squishy, but still made up of a bunch of important systems that all have to work together. If your nervous system isn’t working right, then that spells a problem for your overall health. The same is true for houses.
So when a house “fails” an inspection, it’s usually because one or more of the following has a problem that requires more than duct tape to fix:
Most other problems within a home are quick fixes, but these are all issues that can make or break a sale because they can be quite costly to address.
If you’re the buyer and get a less-than-ideal report, you need to ask yourself the following questions:
There’s no easy answer. It’s important to remember that no home is “perfect” but at the same time you don’t want to jump into a home that’s going to be a money suck.
Honest advice: talk to your realtor. If they’re someone you can trust (and they should be, otherwise you need a new realtor) they can offer professional insight on the quality of the house.
What to do depends on the problems your report turns up, but generally speaking: fix what you can, plan for the rest.
Look, there are just certain problems that most buyers are not going to be able to overlook – like plumbing, electrical, or roofing. But there are other problems that you can apply some fixes to that will appease the right buyer. For example, if your foundation has cracks you can fill some of those in.
My advice? Talk to the home inspector. We can’t cover every possibility, but we’ve seen a lot of houses and can give you some pointers about where to start.
I’m just sayin’
If you’re looking for a fun and efficient home inspection with inspectors who care about your specific needs, give us a call. We know that every house has a story and when your inspector can identify the clues to the story through experience and a healthy curiosity, you can help the owners/buyers make better decisions with their home.
If you or anyone you know needs a fun and experienced home inspector that can do sewer scopes as well, give us a call. We offer $350 Flat Rate inspections and to date have earner over 900 5 STAR ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Reviews.
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Brian Dodds is licensed home inspector & owner of Titan Inspection Services with over 20 years’ experience in construction trade building and house renovation. Titan Inspection services is based in Washington state and serves Seattle, Olympia, North Bend, Kitsnap County and everything in between.
Every house has a story. What’s your home’s story?
—inspection, selling a home
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