You might be wondering what to ask the inspector during the house inspection, which is an important
aspect of the home buying process.
A professional home inspector will cover all of your bases and even educate you while performing the
However, some house inspectors are more reserved, so you'll have to ask them for home maintenance
tips and other details about the property (outside of the report).
This inspection is for Pre-Purchase to decide whether or not they want to buy the property, and not
for the Defects Liability Period. These 2 inspections are different as they use different approaches
and will have different types of reports.
Don't be hesitant to inquire about how to keep the water heater in good working order, how to
improve the grading of your home, or even how to repair a certain aspect of the house which you are
unsure how to fix. Home inspectors are knowledgeable of house defects and maintenance issues, so
don't be hesitant to ask them questions.
irs: those that the inspector deems necessary; optional; and/or unnecessary.
Home inspection questions and answers
What do you check for?
Before hiring a home inspector, find out what the home inspection will include. Ideally, the
inspector should be able to give you a brief review of the checklists and tell you more about it
during the tour of the property. You can get ready by writing down any questions you have about
particular component of the house.
Home inspections are very subjective, and much of what is evaluated is based on the experience
the particular home inspector. Know that home inspectors come from a variety of backgrounds,
influences the manner they inspect.
What don’t you check?
In addition to what they check, find out also what they don't. If they do not cover a certain
of the house (e.g: plumbing, electrical, etc), find a professional specialising in the area to
It is best to get all aspects covered to avoid future complications that may occur.
Before beginning the inspection, your inspector should inquire whether there is anything in
particular that concerns you.
Tell the inspector if this is your first real estate purchase, if you're concerned about the
age, or anything else that may strike you negatively as a buyer.
What are your credentials?
Before proceeding to hire them for the job, find out what their credentials are. You'll be able
to tell if they're qualified for the job based on this.
Different home inspection companies may have different credentials and follow different
standards of practice. Be sure to do your own research about their credentials before proceeding
to choose a home inspection company that best suits you and your new home.
Questions to ask home inspector during inspection
What does that mean?
Your home inspector will walk through the entire house, visually analysing everything for
indicators of a problem. He will point out things that aren't quite right or that need to be
fixed, and also note them down in his report.
Don't be afraid to ask the house inspector any questions you have about what they are telling
you, and make sure you understand the problem and why it is important to rectify it.
If the inspector says anything along the lines of, "Looks like you've got some rotten boards
here," it's a good idea to ask him to explain what that implies, how tough it will be to fix and
how much it will cost.
Home inspectors follow a set of procedures when performing their inspections. Asking questions
during the inspection may cause the house inspector to become distracted, causing him or her to
miss more important items. Therefore, exercise discretion in asking questions during the
Is this a big or small issue?
For the vast majority of people, purchasing real estate is the most significant investment they
will ever make. When your inspector informs you that the house has a foundation problem, a roof
or water heater that has to be repaired, or an electrical appliance that needs fixing, it's
natural to be concerned.
Don't panic, just ask the inspector if he believes the problem is serious. Even if the
adjustments or repairs sound severe, you'll be surprised to learn that most houses have similar
concerns and that they're not deal-breakers.
And what if it's a big deal? That is, after all, why you are having a home inspection done. You
have the option of discussing it with the seller or simply walking away.
What’s causing the water spot?
Ask questions of which you are unsure and point out things that seem strange to you. The home
inspector is obligated to explain them to you.
If there's something unusual, chances are your inspector has noticed it and will investigate it
thoroughly. If there's a watermark on the ceiling, for example, he might need to check it from
the floor above to see if there’s a problem.
What are your concerns about this property?
The inspector should give you a broad summary of what he found at the end of the inspection.
You'll get a formal report later, but find out what the inspector thinks the house's greatest
problems are and whether they need to be investigated further.
Note down a list of items that need to be handled by the seller or another building expert.
Because there is a limited time period for house purchase negotiations, therefore you and your
agent may want to get started right away.
Your official home inspection report will go into greater depth, but by the time you leave the
house that day, you should have a good idea of what's on it.