What Happens at a Home Inspection

We can’t tell you how many times we have had an inspector save our buyers from a ton of grief and uncovered issues that the buyer may not want anything to do with … but also to contain fear of items called out, doing our best to educate on the severity of the issues (underlying, or obvious) with education and options for resolve. You may not want to walk away from a great deal and a home that you love, if it’s a repair that’s easily addressed. But it’s also good to know when you need to simply walk away and consider yourself lucky that it’s only the cost of inspections (and appraisal) that you might be out of … big picture thinking, not short term.


We do encourage you to explore the routes of doing your home inspection once you go into escrow on your (potentially) next home. A great inspector will look at the ins-and-outs of the home, check to see if items are to code, a roof might need a roofer to come out, and take a thorough look at the home (2-4 hours). It’s good for a buyer to be there at the end of the inspection to review with the inspector directly …

We do realize every inspector might observe or interpret items differently, so it’s imperative that you do your research and get referrals for a reputable inspector and/or inspection service.

A few other great tips:

  • Make sure all utilities are on, all of them (this will pull all items to a halt otherwise – including water, power, gas)
  • Ask if carbon monoxide detectors are in and smoke detectors are working
  • Is your home up to code? Example water heater strapping, per your county (each area is different)
  • Is your deck attached to the home?
  • In your garage, is the perimeter “interior” of the garage accessible?
  • Does your interior home door to your garage auto-close?
  • Did you spy a cat / doggie door on the interior door to the garage? That’s a Firewall breach
  • Some inspectors do get booked out in advance, don’t wait till the day or two before inspections – if you have a 7 or 10 inspection period, you better hop on it! You may not get a lot of sympathy from your seller on the other side because you procrastinated on doing your inspections. It’s a contract you have, understand and respect the time frames.
  • Don’t forget about pools, chimney and other inspections … talk to your agent about order of inspections. This is your time to ensure to review the condition of the home.
  • When Should You Arrive at the Home Inspection? Keep communication open with your agent and your inspector.
  • Sometimes inspections go longer than expected – be prepared for the unexpected
  • Always use an inspector you trust – do your research, check online reviews
  • Ryan Lundquist does a great job on Appraisal Tips – if you want to continue reading

Zack Finley with North American Home Services - Pest Reports

North American Home Services
4617 Auburn Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95841

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  • Great info as always. Thanks so much for the link to my CO detector article too. It seems like many owners are catching on about CO detectors, but there are still quite a few missing it altogether. It’s a very low-cost and easy installation. Good advice!!

  • On our side, we’re still battling to get them installed. Our entire team is still having to remind people about those CO detectors, so your article is still being used regularly 🙂 Your article addresses exactly what people (sellers) keep asking us. The problem we run into, is vacant homes or the seller is out of area, and many times we aren’t seeing them in these homes so it has to be always be on our mental checklist both as a buyer’s agent and listing agent. Thanks Ryan!

  • I bet it’s hard for vacant homes and out-of-towners. Keep up the great work and reminders to your clients.