These are some suggestions you can use to understand your home inspector's findings and turn it into information you can use to make a good decision as a homeowner or homebuyer.
Is it really bad? A good home inspector will not be an alarmist. They will keep an even keel and not tend to be over emotional. They are all about the facts of the matter, and are usually very straightforward with their results. A good home inspector will go over the results of the inspection and let you know what is very concerning and what must be dealt with immediately versus something that you must look into further down the road and offer suggestions on how to plan for it.
Normally, home inspectors are not able to provide you with a repair estimate however, if you stay with your inspector during the inspection you can simply ask questions, like is this a big deal or would you say this needs immediate attention. In most cases you can get an understanding of the cost and issues found simply by talking to your inspector.
If you are handy, many items on the list can be repaired as easy as a quick trip to your local hardware store.
When you attend your home inspection, you will be very busy taking pictures, measuring for curtains or furnishings or maybe even meeting neighbors. But the worst case scenario is to get home, open the inspector's report and have absolutely no clue what is being referred to.
A great idea that will help immensely, while you are still on the property, ask the inspector to take 10 or 15 minutes and walk with you through the place again, pointing out the items mentioned that need repair.
Most home inspectors are happy to show you how to operate various systems in the home and will even walk you through proper usage of things like thermostats, water heaters and especially emergency shut offs for your utilities.
This one single suggestion is such a time and stress saver it alone is worth the lost income of missing a day of work to attend your inspections.