Your offer was accepted and you just signed a contract to purchase your beautiful new Georgia home! Your next step is to order a home inspection, which can be a stress-inducing part of the home-buying process because it must be performed in 10-14 days. Now, you have less than two weeks to find a time that works for you, your agent, and the seller, not to mention your kids, pets, and work! Every day, when clients call to schedule home inspections, Phil and the entire team at ProTech Home and Property Inspections get asked the same question: “Do I have to be there?” And while we generally do recommend that you attend the home inspection and ask questions along the way, it is not strictly necessary as long as we have access to the house. So, what should you do if you can’t attend?
Attend the End
If you can only make it to the beginning or the end of the inspection, choose the end. Inspections typically take an hour and a half to two hours, so if you can’t carve out that much time, try to make it to the last half hour or so and get your questions answered. Additionally, your inspector will be able to personally show you any hazards and can also point out a few things that are not included in the inspection but may be helpful to know. Finally, be sure you let your inspector know that you’ll be attending the end of the inspection so they don’t leave before you get there.
Read the Report
Whether you attend the inspection or not, you should always read the report. And don’t just skim it! Pictures are included to help give you the most complete understanding of the inspector’s findings, and can help you better understand what was meant in the inspection report. It may take a while, but it’s worth it to know as much as possible about the property before diving into your potential future investment.
Contact the Inspector
If you aren’t able to attend any of the inspection, your inspector will still be glad to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact our office and request your inspector’s contact info so you can discuss the inspection report with him/her. Inspectors are re-educated every year on the latest industry technology and issues, and they are experts at what they do. So, if you have any questions regarding the home and inspection report, they are the ones to ask.
At ProTech Home & Property Inspections, we understand that life is busy and that buying a home can be stressful. Whether you attend the whole inspection, just the end, or you’re only able to follow up later, we want you to gain as much insight into the findings as possible. Schedule your home inspection today, or call our office at (770) 277-5655.