Take Full Advantage of Your Mission Viejo Home Inspection

Home Inspection - Magnifying GlassWhile you’re in escrow to buy the house of your dreams, if not everything about the house is as dreamy as you’d like it to be, consider using the time scheduled for your home inspection to also schedule all of your contractors, painters, flooring specialists, interior decorators, landscape designers and home theater designers.  The home inspection will typically take between three to four hours, depending on the size and age of the home, so you can weave in appointments with all the people necessary to create your optimal dream home.  Here’s how to maximize the time you have during your home inspection.


Decide who needs to come over to take a look at the house in order to give you a bid, a quote, or an idea. Make a list of all the projects you envision, in priority order.  Ask around for references from your Realtor, friends, and neighbors.  Facebook neighborhood group pages are a wonderful place to ask for local experts.  Join all the Facebook groups that are relevant to your new neighborhood and then ask for landscapers, plumbers, electricians, designers, and paint and flooring experts.  And rain gutter installers.  Don’t forget about El Nino. Google them and check out their Yelp reviews and the work displayed their own web sites if you have several to choose from.


If you have a three hour time slot, carve off six 30 minute segments to be able to give your full attention to the professional coming to help you create your dream home. Let them know you have a busy schedule and you’ll be devoting 30 minutes to them.  Give them as much information up front as possible.  Email them links to Houzz and other sites with pictures of what you would like to have done.  That way you can get right to business when they show up.

Be Organized

Have a folder for each different project with pictures of your ideas and lists of features you’re looking for. Have copies for your professional, just in case they didn’t have time to print it off before they set out for their busy day. Have a rough budget for each project and share it!  Pay close attention to the professional’s facial expression when you share the budget numbers.  Whether he puts on a big smile or winces in pain will give you a big hint as to whether you are being reasonable, or you’ve completely under estimated the cost to create your dream home.  Good to know either way.

Avoid Awkward Moments

If you are asking for competing bids, having two or more people give you a bid on the same project, space them as far apart as possible. Certainly don’t put them back to back.  And expect the unexpected.  Like the general contractor who gets stuck at his first appointment which makes him an hour late to get to your appointment and ends up ringing the door bell at the same time as the other guy with “electrician” embroidered on his overalls.  Uh oh.

Take full advantage of your Mission Viejo home inspection!

I’m Leslie Eskildsen, Realtor.

Call me. Text me.  949-678-3373

Email me. Leslie@LeslieEskildsen.com

Helping you make the right move in Mission Viejo, Coto de Caza, Rancho Santa Margarita, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Dana Point, Corona Del Mar, and other Orange County communities.

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