Jody asks…. I found the home of my dreams – but the inspection shows issues – what should I do?

I have dreamt of being a homeowner for years.  But the inspector I hired found a few issues.  Is my dream shattered? You still may be able to follow through with that dream. You did the right thing by hiring an inspcector – the money it costs upfront can save you thousands in the long run! So the inspector’s findings should be considered very seriously if they fall into the following categories:

  1. Mold: If you smell anything musty in the home, be on the lookout for mold.  Mold could be caused by poor air circulation or water leakage issues.
  2. Pests: Damage caused by termites and other pests can lead to costly repairs.
  3. Faulty wiring: Outdated wiring and electrical problems in a home can cause fire hazards. Be on the lookout for any indication of faulty wiring, such as exposed cabling.
  4. Poorly done projects: Ensure the previous home owner’s do-it-yourself projects were done correctly and are up to code. A poorly done flooring and  wallpaper that has been painted-over can be time-consuming and costly to fix.
  5. Drainage problems: Test sinks by running water and checking the drains.  Flush toilets to test for any potential problems. Look in the yard for potential flooding areas.

Not every finding on an inspection report is a reason to cancel the dream, just make sure you are protecting yourself from any known future issues that could be time-consuming and costly. Asking for a 2nd opinion is an option as well. Make sure you are working with a professional Realtor and Mortgage professional to ensure your needs are being met and rights are being protected as a buyer!

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