Should I Follow My Home Inspector?

The home inspector has arrived, but what do you do? Can you follow the inspector? Do you wait in the yard or elsewhere in the house? 

The social etiquette of the situation can leave many first-time home buyers feeling awkward and unsure, but rest easy, most home inspectors WANT you to follow them.

A home is often the single largest purchase most people will ever make. Before investing your hard-earned cash in the property, it only makes sense to know as much about the house as possible.

“I want them involved in the inspection process. It’s about education.”

Rob Gisch
Home Inspector with Detailed Inspection Service

In addition to discovering potential issues or concerns, a home inspection is about education. 

A home is so much more than just the place you live. It’s a structure comprised of numerous systems, from the HVAC (heating and cooling) to plumbing and electrical.

Home Ownership 101

Man wearing glasses and a cobalt blue shirt and tan pants peering at ceiling with flashlight.
Home Inspector Rob Gisch said he works to educate home buyers during the inspection process.

Think of the inspection process as a crash course in “Home Ownership 101.”

“I want them involved in the inspection process,” said home inspector Rob Gisch, of Detailed Inspection Service. “It’s about education. First-time buyers can be very nervous about what it takes to maintain a home.”

The inspection gives buyers a chance to learn the ins-and-outs of their house. Where’s the main water shut-off valve? How do you use an electrical breaker box? 

A home inspector can point out the amount of insulation in an attic or concerning cracks in a foundation wall.

While an inspection is designed to address immediate issues you may want to have a seller correct, the home inspection report can be viewed as a “home health report card.”

Learn From the Expert

Understanding the approximate age of a roof, for example, can help you understand it may need to be replaced in the next decade, allowing you to plan and budget accordingly.

Tips as simple as, “Don’t place your grill next to the house, or the heat will melt your siding” can be valuable nuggets of advice for new homeowners.

A home inspection gives you the chance to ask questions and learn from experts. Participating in the inspection gives you the tools you need to move from home buyer to home owner.

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