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Evaluating Dover NH Home Inspection Results

content_Dover_NH_Home_Inspection (1) Property inspections can be a challenging step in the Dover NH home buying process. Buyer emotions tend to be high and there is a lot of information to process. Having knowledge of how inspections function will make it easier to deal with when the time comes. In order to assist you in your next home purchase, following is some guidance I have assembled on evaluating Dover NH Home Inspection results.

Inspections at a Glance

Inspections afford buyers an opportunity to thoroughly review the major systems in a residence, analyze more closely the homes features, and learn how everything in the home works. Buyers should find a Dover NH certified inspector to complete this process. They ordinarily inspect the electrical, heating/cooling systems, roof, plumbing, appliances, floors, windows, doors, and structure of a property. Inspectors carry out differing approaches to these tests, but most will check the full exterior and interior of a property and prepare a detailed report. Buyers should follow the inspector during this process and see as much as they can about the Dover NH property. If any issues are identified, buyers should see the area in question for themselves and get a full explanation of the inspectors assessment. Keep in mind that although inspectors attempt to perform a complete evaluation of all areas of a home, they cannot see inside walls and other unreachable areas, so inspections always have a list of limitations.

Dover NH Property Problems

When Dover NH buyers see a property, they commonly only recognize the most obvious defects. A trained inspector will locate issues that may not have been noticeable or disclosed and document those issues in a report. Buyers must then form an opinion about the depth of the issues. Again, attending the inspection will facilitate this.

Recommendations for Renovations

Also included in Dover NH inspection reports are basic recommendations to home owners. These are not necessarily pressing items, but rather upgrades that will protect against future problems or improve the benefits of a home. For instance, an inspector may suggest that the exterior grading around a foundation be changed to reduce the chances of water entering a basement.

Evaluating an Inspection Report

Buyers must interpret inspection reports and distinguish problems from recommendations. Buyers can attempt to negotiate defects in a home, but it is unreasonable to ask sellers to perform upgrades. Homes are normally priced based on their age and features, and certain elements of a home simply come with its age. If upgraded with all modern systems and amenities, it would likely sell for higher than its current price. For items that are in fact issues, a negotiation process must be followed.

Guidance On Evaluating Dover NH Inspection Results

Discuss the inspection results with your real estate agent for guidance on how you should proceed. Remember that inspection reports cover both problems and general recommendations, and that attempting to receive upgrades is almost never successful. Inspections are not a way to renegotiate price but rather to resolve serious issues that were previously unknown. Discuss different strategies and expected outcomes with your agent.
About the author:This guidance on evaluating Dover NH Home Inspection results was offered by Dick Cook at Coldwell Banker Peggy Carter Team. Dick is a realtor with over thirty years experience working for customers in the Granite State. A certified Senior Real Estate Specialist focused on Rightsizing, Relocating and Financing, Dick can be found online at SeniorLivingNH, offering a host of services for NH seniors and their families. Dick covers the NH Seacoast & Lakes Regions, servicing the following communities and many others:

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