What Really Matters

Buying a home? The process can be stressful. A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time. This often includes a written report, checklist, photographs, environmental reports, and what the inspector himself says during the inspection. All this combined with the seller's disclosure and what you notice yourself makes the experience even more overwhelming. What should you do?

Relax. Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies and minor imperfections. These are nice to know about. However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:

1. Major defects.  An example of this would be a structural failure.

2. Things that lead to major defects.  A small roof-flashing leak, for example.

3. Things that may hinder your ability to finance. legally occupy, or insure the home.

4.Safety hazard, such as an exposed, Live buss bar at the electrical panel.


Anything in these categories should be addressed. Often a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4).

Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection. Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report. No home is perfect. Keep things in perspective. Don't kill your deal over things that don't matter. It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed on the seller's disclosure, or nit-picky items. Relax let H.P. Certified Home Inspections, your local home inspector, located in flagler county Palm Coast Florida inspect the property that you are considering buying, and after examining you 20-30 page custom home inspection report 

Sellers Benefits of a Home Inspection

Gives you the opportunity to become aware of, and repair property conditions so they don't affect the buyers offer.

Makes your home more attractive to buyers because they will know you are a committed seller.

Reduces the number of contingencies in a sale agreement, which makes closing easier.

Eliminates last minute repair hassles that could delay closing.

Home Seller Tip: The main reason home-sale transactions fall apart is because of defects discovered during the buyer's inspections. Buyers often try to renegotiate the price after they receive their inspection reports. Their argument is that they weren't aware of the problems when they made their offer. By ordering inspections before you market your home, you decrease the odds that you'll have a failed transaction due to inspection-related issues. Buyers can evaluate pre-sale reports, and take the information into account, before they make an offer.

Another reason to have your home pre-inspected is that it gives you a better understanding of the issues that could effect the sale. You can then decide if you want to make repairs before marketing your home. Even if you decide not to make repairs, you will have a much better idea of how much you'll net from the sale


The point of providing pre-sale inspection reports is to educate buyers about the condition of the property. It is not to deny them the opportunity to inspect the property themselves after an offer is accepted. Buyers should then be encouraged to complete any inspections they deem necessary. The Closing: A well-inspected home protects both the buyers and sellers


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