Congratulations on buying your new home!
The process of buying a new home "should" be fun and exciting, but often times can be stressful. A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often times has the opposite effect. You are required to absorb a lot of information in a short period of time. What should you do?.. Relax. The home inspectors job is to uncover and identify imperfections, problems, and potential problems. The good news however, is that most of the findings will consist of maintenance items, life expectancies, and minor imperfections. Information that's nice to know as you get aquatinted with your new home.
This Inspection Report is based on a visual, non-intrusive inspection. While every effort is made to identify and report all current or potential issues with a home, please understand that there are areas that simply cannot be seen - behind walls, etc. A home inspector is considered to be a "Generalist" not a "Specialist", in that the inspectors job is to identify and report potential issues rather than diagnose the specific cause or repairs. For this reason, you will find that it is often recommended to seek further evaluation by a qualified professional, such as an electrical, plumbing, or roofing contractor.
The report includes Informational data on various components of the home, Limitations that affected the ability to inspect certain items/areas, and Recommendations for items that require immediate or future attention.
Observations and Recommendations are organized into three categories by level of severity:
1) Minor - Maintenance Issues - Primarily comprised of small cosmetic items and simple Handyman or do-it-yourself maintenance items. These observations are more informational in nature and represent more of a future to-do list rather than something you might use as a negotiation or Seller-repair item. A Summary Report can be created should you choose to view a report without these minor items or informational data.
2) Moderate - Recommendations - Most items typically fall into this category. These observations may require a qualified contractor to evaluate further and repair or replace but the cost is somewhat reasonable.
3) Significant - Needs Immediate Attention and/or Safety Hazard - This category is comprised of immediate safety concerns or items that could represent a significant expense to repair/replace.
Lower priority conditions contained in the body of the report that are neglected may become higher priority conditions. Do not equate low cost with low priority. Cost should not be the primary motivation for performing repairs. All repair and upgrade recommendations are important and need attention.
This report is a "snapshot" of the property on the date of the inspection. The structure and all related components will continue to deteriorate/wear out with time and may not be in the same condition at the close of escrow. As a homeowner, you should expect problems to occur. Roofs will leak, basements/crawl spaces may have water problems, and systems such as the furnace, water heater, etc. may fail without warning. Unfortunately, we cannot predict future events. For these reasons, you should keep a current comprehensive insurance policy in place.
Anywhere in the report that the inspector recommends further review, it is strongly recommended that this be done PRIOR TO THE CLOSE OF ESCROW. This report is not intended for use by anyone other than the client named herein. No other persons should rely upon the information in this report. Client agrees to indemnify, defend and hold inspector harmless from any third party claims arising out of client's unauthorized distribution of the inspection report.
With everything mentioned above, I encourage you to keep things in perspective. Don't give up on your home over things that don't really matter. It's not fair to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already mentioned on the seller's discloser, or nit-picky items. Focus on the items that warrant attention. Your real estate agent will help you during this process and in determining what items to focus on.