The process involved in buying a home can be stressful. A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but can often be confusing and you will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short space of time. This often includes reading through a detailed written report with photographs and trying to process what the inspector (and Agent) have to say during the inspection. All this combined with the seller’s disclosure and what you notice yourself makes the experience even more overwhelming.
The best advice I can give you is to Relax because most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancy and minor imperfections. These are nice to know about. However, the issues that really matter will fall into the following categories:
- Major defects. (Defective building elements – eg. Significant cracking in walls, Damaged or missing roofing timbers etc)
- Things that lead to major defects. (eg. Poor drainage and water runoff next to foundations, leaking roof etc)
- Safety hazards. (eg. Ballustrade heights, Missing or Faulty RCD’s etc)
Often a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 3). Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection.
In WA most sale agreements or contracts only require STRUCTURAL DEFECTS to be rectified by the seller. Realise that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report. No home is perfect. In my experience the minor inexpensive maintenance items can sometimes sour a deal and turn an event that should be exciting and joyful into a nightmare. Keep things in perspective. Do not kill your deal over things that do not matter.