5 Questions You Should Ask After a Home Inspection and One You Shouldn’t

When you have made an offer on your dream house and are booking your home inspection, you will probably want to know about the cost and how long it will take. In addition, you will want to know what kinds of things a home inspector will be looking for.

As the potential purchaser, you should be present during the inspection as a great way to learn about the home you will be buying is to follow the inspector as he goes through his inspection.  It will also give you a chance to ask questions on the spot.

There are some questions you should be asking either during or following an inspection, and there is one you shouldn’t ask. Let’s take a look at them.

1) Can you please explain that issue in layman’s terms?

This is the question most inspectors appreciate the most. If something is not clear, it is best to simply ask for a better explanation. Some topics may be technical and not everyone will be up to speed on the details of electrical wiring codes, or plumbing issues. A good home inspector should be able to explain every issue in layman’s terms. 

2) Is the problem you’re describing a big deal?

It is almost guaranteed that your home inspection will bring to light some issues. The real question is how big are these issues. Some can be rectified quickly, easily and without great expense while others may be more serious. 

3) Do I need to get a specialist?

This relates to the question above. Sometimes a specialist is required in order to give you the kind of detail you need to make an informed decision about the house. Home inspectors may see signs of a potential problem and not be able to accurately assess the seriousness of the problem. That is when you need to call in a specialist.

4) How common is this problem?

Some problems are unusual and some are common. In older houses for instance, certain issues with foundation are common. In a newer home, foundation issues should not bet a common problem. Certain structures may be prone to certain types of faults or damage and certain buildings built in a certain area in a certain period of time may be more likely to particular issues. A home inspector with a lot of inspections under his belt will be able to tell you how common an issue is with your type of home.

5) What problems should I address first when I move in?

Every homeowner should have a list of issues to be addressed in order of priority and the home inspector can help with that. If the foundation and the roof were both identified as problems, he will be able to tell which one needs to be addressed more urgently. Inspectors can also show you how to maintain your home properly and where to find important things such as your main water shut off valve. 

The questions above should all be asked but there is one question that many purchasers ask and they probably shouldn’t.

6) Would you buy this house?

This question is impossible to answer because what one buyer may see as a small problem, another may see as a bigger problem. One buyer may be handy and is prepared to take on small issues while another may prefer to contract it out at a cost. The issue may have been visible to the purchaser during his visits and he may have already budgeted for the issue. Someone may really want to invest in an up and coming area and is willing to ignore certain issues in order to get the property. The best way to answer is to provide all the relevant information and allow the purchaser to decide.

What a purchaser needs is information to make an informed decision and that is what a home inspector provides. Our goal at Mose Home Inspections is to give you all the information you need about your new home. What’s more, as a customer, you can always call us for more information and guidance once you have purchased your home. Visit us at https://www.homeinspectionmontreal.com/

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Lay Chan Wee
01:19 31 Aug 21
I was impressed with the service provided by Rui Su. He was organized, explained in detail area that I am not familiar... with. He provided a good report. I will recommend him if you need home inspection.read more
Mary Jane Caro
Mary Jane Caro
14:25 27 Aug 21
I am always pleased to recommend Carol Mose from Mose Home Inspection Services to my clients who have had offers... accepted on residential real estate properties. She is knowledgeable, thorough, provides clear explanations, and delivers comprehensive reports.read more
Massimo Pannunzio
Massimo Pannunzio
22:05 25 Aug 21
Michael has got to be on of the best home inspectors in all of Quebec. It was amazing working with him and he had my... best interest at heart when making a life changing decision. He made sure I had all the answers and made it easy to work with him. I will be using Mose inspection for any moment that I need an inspection done that's for sure!read more
Amanda Lee
Amanda Lee
19:14 16 Jun 21
Amazing experience with Carol Mose who helped me with a pre-purchase inspection! She was very approachable and... observant, and informed me of all her first impressions on-site. This gave me greater understanding of any conditions as I was able to ask any quick questions on the spot. Her reports are the most thorough that I've seen and include diagrams to help explain what any physical signs mean and potential consequences. Could not have asked for a better inspector!read more
Maeghan Banks
Maeghan Banks
15:38 14 Jun 21
Carol was wonderful to work with for our pre-purchase inspection. She was professional, thorough and communicative,... taking the time to explain her findings as we went through the house. After the inspection, we felt we had clear knowledge of the condition of the house (both pros and cons), allowing us to move forward with the purchase with confidence. Highly recommend!read more
Ryan Chalupovitsch
Ryan Chalupovitsch
13:43 01 Jun 21
Carol Mose is the best home inspector in the business. Approachable and extremely knowledgeable. She did an... inspection for me and really took the time to explain her findings and help me understand the home I was looking to purchase. Cannot recommend her enough. Don’t hesitate.read more
Elisabeth Faure
Elisabeth Faure
21:16 29 Apr 21
This is the second time I have used MOSE, and they are always really amazing. Very nice, very professional. they came... to have a look at my roof and let me know if we were due for a repair - I was very satisfied with everything and would recommend them to anybody!read more
Hannah S
Hannah S
22:05 16 Apr 21
I had a great experience with Mose home inspection. My husband and I are first time homebuyers and so had a ton of... questions about the process. Everyone we talked with was really informative and helpful. Michael was our inspector and was phenomenal. The inspection was very thorough and he explained everything in detail with realistic next steps for us to take. We came out of the inspection feeling really informed. Plus, he is just an absolute delight! He had very contagious enthusiasm and made the inspection a really positive experience. Would highly recommend!read more
Gabriel Lukuc
Gabriel Lukuc
03:05 16 Apr 21
Michael was amazing. He took the time to explain to us what’s really important and the reasoning behind it. We’re not... very handy nor savvy when it comes to home construction so we really appreciate him taking the time to explain to us all aspects of the inspection. Also, Michael was friendly, professional and timely; he provided the report over a holiday and a weekend.read more
Stephanie Ballard
Stephanie Ballard
14:24 19 Mar 21
MOSE is the best in the business. Once again we were happy with their inspection services - they are professional,... friendly and knowledgeable. Would not hesitate to recommend to friends and family (and have)!read more
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