When a couple chooses to divorce, one of the most common sources of issues is the disposition of the jointly-owned home. An appraiser can be brought in to determine value, but what of its condition? The parties may disagree over the state of the property, which can lead to more conflict and pain. A Home Inspection from Inspections by Bob can be instrumental in providing information during a difficult period.
A home Inspector is Impartial
A home inspector has no interest in the house, or either party. Even if we are paid by one party or the other, Inspections by Bob is there to provide information about the house, and its condition, so that informed decisions can be made. And, if necessary, the entire inspection can be done without either party present, and the report can be delivered to the respective attorneys, so that both parties in the divorce know they are getting identical, impartial information.
It is what it is
To quote a popular crime show, “facts don’t lie.” A leak is a leak. A 20 year old furnace is a 20 year old furnace. And a 19-year-old 20-year roof can be expected to need replacing soon. Outlets that are wired wrong are a hazard, and missing insulation in the attic will cost the occupant money. A Home Inspection can find and identify the issues in a non-biased educational manner, without passing judgment. At Inspections by Bob, we don’t care if a professional did the work, a member of the household did the work, or it was that way when it was bought. We will flag the issue regardless, and without prejudice or judgment. If the final divorce settlement includes the sale of the property, the inspection report can be used to get the house into the best possible shape to maximize the return.
Tomorrow never comes
But now it is here. All of the temporary projects and repairs that were going to be properly fixed “tomorrow” need to be identified and addressed. Almost every house has things that were fixed, repaired, or patched so that the occupants could get on with other more important things. A home inspection can help identify issues as well as prioritize them: which are just cosmetic, which are deferred maintenance items, and which may be major safety hazards that need to be addressed quickly. Inspections by Bob will provide a comprehensive list of the issues in a home, in an easy-to-read report along with pictures and helpful brochures..
Knowledge is Power.
Often the responsibilities of taking care of a house are split between members of a household, and that can work fine until there’s a divorce. Many times, only one family member knows where the main water shutoff is, or when the furnace was last serviced, or how to clean the dryer vent. When that member leaves, all of the responsibilities and knowledge that member provided can become lost or unavailable, and needs to be rediscovered. Inspections by Bob can identify the items that need to be serviced and procedures that need to be followed so that the house stays in the best shape. How to change the furnace filter, locations of water shutoff valves and electrical panels, and what that thing in the corner is, are all things that we can explain and identify during a Home Inspection.