Home Buying / Home Inspection Risk Reduction – During the Inspection (Part 2 of 3)

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To help make the Home Inspection a satisfying experience, here are some things you can do DURING the home inspection:

Even if you’ve already read “The Standards of Practice”, review it once more. It will remind you what’s within the scope of a Home Inspection, as well as what’s not.

Remember, a home inspection is NOT All Inclusive and it’s not a To-Do List of Maintenance Items. It’s about the Major Defects.

  • Unless you’ve already done so, Review the seller’s Real Estate Condition Report
  • This document may have disclosures that could affect your opinion of the homes condition

  • Ask your inspector for any feedback or insights into the statements the sellers made.
  • Review Receipts, Proposals and Warranties provided by the seller
  • Review the Permits that were pulled. Make sure they were all closed.


Take a moment and ask yourself: “How do distractions affect me when I’m trying to concentrate?”

Give your inspector space to focus on inspecting your home while you explore, and evaluate things that are important to you, that may not be part of a home inspection.
Use your phone to take pictures of things you want to discuss with your inspector.

Then, every 20 to 30 minutes, get together for updates.

Most inspections will last at least 2 ½ – 3 hours. This gives you time to explore your prospective home more thoroughly while giving your inspector time to focus on your inspection.

  • Windows – Did you notice that the Standards of Practice requires a Home Inspector to check “… a random sampling of doors and windows?”

    Since the inspector is not required to check all doors and window, wouldn’t it be a good idea to also check them yourself while you are there? Why even miss one window when you are already at the inspection. Look for ease of operation, water damage, fogging and condensation between the panes of glass, cracked or broken glass. Some windows may be painted or caulked shut, some windows may show signs of rot and some window sashes may fall when you try to open them. For safety reasons, keep your fingers close to you when you unlatch the sash locks.

  • Look for signs of water stains on ceilings and walls, especially on the exterior walls that may have been subject to ice damming. Use your phone to take pictures of any issues you want to discuss with your home inspector during the Summary at the end of the inspection
  • In the Basement – see if there are any signs of moisture seepage or cracking of the foundation walls.
  • Again, use your phone to document questions you have for the inspector.
  • In the attic – Ask your inspector if there were any signs of water leaks, mold or mice. Though inspecting for mold and mice are beyond the scope of a home inspection, a good inspector would still document these conditions if they were noticed.
  • According to Insurance companies, most claims are related to water damage. If you see any signs of seepage, ask your inspector if it was documented.

    At the end of the Home Inspection

    • Review the report with your inspector & review any notes or photos you took to make sure the inspector has answered all of your questions.

    Stay tuned for Part 3: Learn what you can do AFTER your Home Inspection.


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