Dont panic! There are very few houses that dont have any issues. It all depends on what type of problem has been found and how serious it is. Even something that sounds very bad can be remedied. It is just a matter of prioritizing the list.
There are four basic categories that most discrepancies fall into.
- High Dollar Repairs
- Maintenance Items
The category the issue falls under usually determines what recommendation will be made by the inspector.
If this is a pre-purchase inspection, the inspector will normally include all safety, structural and high dollar items in a summary report. This is the report that will normally be reviewed by the lawyers. It is a key part in determining who is responsible to repair discrepancies and if they need to be completed before the sale or if a credit will be awarded to the buyer to fix at a later date.
In some instances an issue that may be considered a maintenance item may make it on the summary report. One such item may be a furnace that has not been maintained as required by the manufacturer. A recommendation may be made to have the furnace cleaned and evaluated to ensure the neglected furnace is operating normally and is not in need of major repair or replacement.
If this is a maintenance inspection the report will include a summary that will prioritize needed repairs according to the severity of the issue and the dollar amount needed to correct the problem.
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