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First Time Homebuyer Inspection Report
« on: November 12, 2014, 12:56:39 PM »
Hi there Mustachians,

Looking once again to the great community for any feedback you may have. I received the inspection report for my first home purchase today. I don't really have anyone I can turn to that I can really trust to guide me:

1 - Is there anything that sticks out that sounds like I should run from the deal? It looks pretty clean to me.
2 - Are there any repairs or things I should ask the seller to do before closing on the deal?

I am still in a period where I can walk away no penalty, and also able to amend the contract for any reason.

I contacted the inspector asking for the missed page 2 of 3 for the images at the bottom of the document. I'll post them if they end up being relevant.


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Re: First Time Homebuyer Inspection Report
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2014, 01:01:48 PM »
One thing I would do is ask the inspector to go through it with you.  They should understand you aren't familiar with their reports and be willing to go over any potential issues with you.
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Re: First Time Homebuyer Inspection Report
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2014, 01:06:25 PM »
He is willing to do that. I am on the other side of the country this week so it won't be until I get back that we take sometime for it. I suppose I'm just trying to get some more eyes on it at this point so if there are any specific questions I should ask, I am prepared and won't waste his time. Then additionally to understand if there are assumed things the buyer would take care of vs the seller.

Thanks for the response!


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Re: First Time Homebuyer Inspection Report
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2014, 01:53:52 PM »
1) Jesus, hand-written?  What are we cavemen?

2) Is slab on grade appropriate/typical for the area?  If not, do a little research -- slab is hard to inspect and if utilities travel through the slab... well I don't know much about it but it jumped out at me.

3) Didn't understand the drainage notation.  For me, good drainage is one of the most important things so I'd make sure to understand the lay of the land

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Re: First Time Homebuyer Inspection Report
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2014, 02:16:23 PM »
25 PSI seems a little weird.  Would have the plumber investigate that.

To answer your question,  I would ask for the majority of the stuff to be done by seller.  Most is low or no cost.  Alls they can do is refuse. 

Drainage may be an issue.  That would be one I would want to talk with the inspector about or have someone else evaluate.   It appears there are no notes on water damage. 

Would ask seller to increase insulation to recommended amount in that geographic area. 

You said "I and My"  but your picture shows a couple?


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Re: First Time Homebuyer Inspection Report
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2014, 04:48:39 PM »
Pictures indicate a fairly slovenly owner who seems to be an adherent of the "benign neglect" school of property maintenance. That said, the fact that it's a relatively new home seems to somewhat mitigate the lack of care. There are few things in the report that stands out as alarming. I would want to know why the laminate is bubbling. This can be as simple as a homeowner who did a hack job installing $.69 cent a foot trash from the surplus store, to a serious moisture and mold issue with the slab. The other issue I would really want corrected is low water pressure. Bottom line is that is way too low to be even marginal. I assume it's on city water. I wouldn't accept anything below 40-50lbs, and would require that it  corrected prior to closing.

The report itself is shit. Hand scratched notes and a serious lack of detail. I hope this isn't an inspector that comes "highly recommended" from the realtor?  The most recent inspection reports I have seen in these parts are 15-20 pages of highly detailed information, all computer generated, and providing several times the quantity and quality of information.