Home Inspection Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

Hey there, future homeowners! We're diving back into the exciting journey of first-time homebuyers Adrian and Nicole. Previously, they sat down with their home loan officer, Bill Merren, to review all the nitty-gritty details of their loan. Today, we're shifting gears as we accompany Adrian and Nicole on their next big step: the home inspection.

It's time to examine the overall condition of their new home by carefully examining the major systems and components. Will this property be the dream home Adrian and Nicole have been searching for, or will it be a potential money pit?  Read on to find out or watch the video below!

The Truth About Home Inspections

First, let’s set the record straight on home inspections. Contrary to popular belief, they are not about passing or failing. A home inspection is a visual examination of the home's major structure, systems and components that are visible and safely accessible. Said another way, it's like giving your future home a thorough check-up before you commit to buying it. It's also the best way to know what repairs to ask a seller to fix, if needed, prior to closing.  

Delving into Vital Systems

Let's examine the backbone of your home—the roof, heating, plumbing, and electrical systems. During the inspection, the home inspector will illuminate these crucial components.

For Adrian and Nicole, they want peace of mind of knowing what the current property condition looks like so they can negotiate repairs and also have a better idea of home maintenance that might be on the horizon in a few years.

It's all about staying ahead of the game and tackling any red flags head-on to keep your real estate investment in tip-top shape.

Meet Home Inspectors Jeff & Tori Waldo

So who picks the home inspector? You choose who you hire as a home buyer to perform your home inspection. Of course, your realtor has your back and will have a few home inspection companies in mind to better assist you. In this case, Adrian and Nacole hired Jeff and Tori Waldo of Inspector Waldo Home Inspections to inspect their new Las Vegas home.

These folks are the real deal when it comes to home inspections. Jeff & Tori are thorough and meticulous and leave no stone unturned. Adrian and Nicole joined their home inspection team to glean the keen details from the visual inspection. In the process, they will receive a comprehensive overview of the property's condition.  After the general home inspection is complete, they will get a full, detailed report with pictures and recommendations.

Jeff and Tori are a father-daughter home inspection duo. They provided Adrian and Nicole with a home inspection checklist and the inside scoop on what they discovered about the property. Jeff and Tori will examine everything from the roof to the foundation and everything in between. They'll check for any signs of damage, wear and tear, or potential issues that could turn into major headaches down the road.

PRO TIP

When you're at the inspection, don't just sit back and watch—get involved! Please be sure to give your home inspector time to complete the inspection so it stays on track. Your chosen home inspector will be happy to review the findings with you after the inspection personally, answer questions, and walk through the potential concerns.  Ask questions, dig into the details, and understand what your inspector uncovered. That's the key to better understanding the condition of your new home.

Navigating Repair Recommendations

The inspection report may reveal various repair recommendations, including damaged roofing, sprinkler system leaks, faulty faucets, electrical outlet issues, etc. Understanding the severity of these issues and their potential costs empowers Adrian and Nicole to discuss the best way to approach repair negotiations with their realtor, Andrew Finney. 

Transforming home inspection insights into actionable steps ensures a seamless home-buying process.

Unveiling Maintenance Essentials

After the inspection, Adrian and Nicole will receive a detailed digital report documenting Jeff and Tori's findings. This report will serve as their home maintenance guide moving forward.

The inspection report might highlight leaks under sinks, bathroom maintenance requirements, and minor fixes like damaged doors. Promptly addressing these maintenance needs not only preserves the home's condition but could also help prevent larger structural problems in the future. Taking charge of these small fixes safeguards your investment and is much less expensive when addressing them while it's still a "small fix." 

Pro Tip  

A home inspection isn't about finding reasons not to buy a house. It's about ensuring you have a better understanding of your new home's condition and aiding you in making a well-informed repair request and home maintenance plan moving forward. That's exactly what Adrian and Nicole are doing. They're taking the time to get all the facts as they purchase their home.

Stay informed, stay engaged, and let the insights you gain guide you toward a successful homeownership journey.

In our next blog, Adrian and Nicole will explore the art of negotiating home repairs after a home inspection. Stay tuned for more valuable insights you can use.

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