How to Prioritize Your Home Inspection Report

Whether you are a first-time buyer or have done this a few times, the real estate transaction process can leave you feeling overwhelmed and your head spinning. Sometimes you find what you think will be the perfect house, but the inspection report indicates otherwise. Perhaps your inspection report uncovered many issues you weren’t expecting to find, and you don’t know if it’s a worthwhile investment. Let GreenLInk Home Inspections help you understand how to prioritize your home inspection report so that you can make the most informed decision for your future.

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Understand the Severity of the Defects

The most concerning defects found in a home inspection will be the ones that render the home unsafe or potentially uninhabitable, such as faulty or outdated electrical wiring or foundation damage. Other issues won’t necessarily create an unsafe environment but must be addressed immediately – think plumbing leaks, a malfunctioning kitchen appliance, or an HVAC system at the end of its life. Lastly, minor issues, such as peeling paint or loose cabinet hardware, are annoying but shouldn’t necessarily hinder the real estate transaction.

Consult Experts to Assess Further Issues

If you have concerns beyond what is typically assessed at a home buyer inspection, you may require a specialty inspection. If you want to look further into potential structural issues that are identified at your inspection, you may require the expertise of an engineer. You may also decide to schedule a termite inspection before you reach your final decision since Long Island’s moisture-rich climate poses a moderate to high risk for termites. The experts at GreenLInk Home Inspections can help give you the answers you need to make an informed decision about your investment.

Negotiate and Make Your Decision 

Once you have reviewed the inspection report and prioritized the documented defects, you can decide if and how you want to negotiate with the seller. They will likely address any safety concerns and possibly any other significant flaws without needing to negotiate. They may be willing to agree upon a lower price for the house to accommodate the necessary repairs, or they may prefer to take care of the repairs before the closing. As the buyer, you will have to choose what defects you are willing to inherit in your new house.

Schedule Your Home Inspection

As industry experts, as well as Long Island’s premier residential and commercial property inspector, GreenLInk Home Inspections, will deliver a thorough assessment of your home. We have been inspecting homes for almost 20 years and have over 25 years of engineering experience. Contact us today at (516) 774-4565 to schedule your inspection or request a quote. We serve Suffolk County, Nassau County, Seaford, Massapequa, and Merrick with our inspection services.