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Things I wish I knew about my inspection

Updated: Mar 1, 2023

Inspection day can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be. One of the main reasons for this is just not knowing what your inspector will be doing or how deep into the property they will be searching. You have to trust that you've choose the correct inspector to go above and beyond their scope of practice and trust that they'll provide you with a quality, high value inspection. Welcome to Victory Property Inspections.

When I purchased my first property, I didn't know much about the inspection process or what my inspector would and would not be looking at. One of the things I wish I knew was that my inspector would not be moving items to inspect underneath or behind them due to liability risk. A home inspection is a limited non-invasive examination. There are things such as electrical panels that will be removed for further inspection, but items like couches and appliances will not be moved unless there is something indicating a deeper examination is needed. *Hint* In the event that you choose to have your inspection completed by a company other than VPI do yourself a favor and look underneath any rugs located at front and rear doors when you have the opportunity. It's not uncommon to find water damage or wood rot when applicable hidden underneath beautiful door mats.

Another thing I wish I had a better handle on is the time needed to complete a quality inspection. Sure, there are inspection gurus that can inspect any home in 30 min or less but most inspections with Victory take 3 - 4 hours to complete with condominiums and townhouses taking less time due to their size. The world is a busy place so if your schedule is jam packed on the day of your inspection handle your business but allow your inspector to take as much time as they need to make sure they have combed through your property without being rushed. *Hint* It's not a good sign if your inspector is rushing out of your inspection so that they can get to the next one, you want an inspection company that is 100% invested in your property during the allotted time slot that was agreed upon.

Last but not least, can this property that you've been drooling over fail the inspection? Short answer is no, there is no pass or fail. There are some defects that could be alarming and dangerous but even those would not mean the property is inhabitable. Consider them bargaining chips for you and your relator. If it's found that your roof is leaking, you can take your professional inspection report to the table and negotiate that the sellers have it repaired or replaced, or that the cost to do so be reflected in your purchase price. This thinking can be applied to all aspects of the inspection from the roof down to the foundation. During our first home inspection we contemplated walking away over things like water heaters and h-vac issues, save yourself the stress and use your findings to help you financially.

Victory Property Inspections is here to help with your home buying experience, contact us today and we'll be happy to join your team.

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