Inspection Hints & Tips

At Aston Property Inspection, we encourage our clients to participate in the inspection, and it is a fact that many clients enjoy the experience, as they feel their way around their new home with a professional guide.  As we say to our clients, "C'mon, let’s take a look round your new house!" 

As we make our way around the property, we will answer your questions and discuss our observations. We can provide you with invaluable information from our wealth of experience in the construction and inspection industry.

You can enhance your experience with a few preparations:

  • Gather Information

Gather together pertinent information about the home that may be useful to the inspector. These items could include the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data sheet, which gives the buildings recorded size, age and other information; a copy of the Seller’s Disclosure Statement, which can be useful for establishing historical continuity; copies of any other inspection reports you may have and anything else you think is relevant.

  • Prepare Questions

Make a list of any questions or concerns you have about the property.  Are you planning to remodel the property? - your ideas and concerns with your Inspector when you meet.  Most importantly though, remember that it is your inspection.  The purpose of the inspection is not only to examine the condition of building components, it is also your opportunity to ask questions about any aspect of the property.

  • Notepad, pencil, tape measure

It is always useful to be able to make a few notes as you go around the building, although you can be sure that all important points will be fully described in the inspection report.  You may wish to measure the sizes of rooms, or make notes on the floor layouts before you move in.

  • What happens if you cannot be present for the inspection?

Obviously, being able to walk through the property with the inspector is the best option. However, there are circumstances where a buyer cannot be present.  There are several things you can do to make sure you still get the most from your inspector.

Talk to your Inspector by telephone or email - remember, the inspection is working for YOU - not for your Realtor, and not for the Seller.  Let the inspector know in advance of any items that you are particularly concerned about - the inspector will pay particular attention to these areas.

Rely on your Realtor - your Realtor will usually be present for the inspection.  You can have your Realtor take notes during the inspection.  You may be able to talk to you Realtor by cell phone during the inspection.

Have a friend or relative join the Inspector - you can have someone you really trust accompany the inspector, and take notes for you.  Convey any specific questions or concerns to your representative in advance.


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