Congratulations on finding your dream home! The home you chose is perfect in every way, but that does not mean you should skip the home inspection. Clients often ask what to expect during a home inspection. Home inspections can shed light on issues that may have been overlooked and need to be addressed before closing. Follow the list below of things to expect before, during, and after the inspection as well as some tips to make the process a seamless one.
What is a Home Inspection?
During a home inspection, the inspector will conduct a visual assessment of the home’s structure and systems, such as the roof, walls, windows, floors, and doors. Special attention will be paid to major appliances, the heating and air-conditioning system, plumbing, electrical, etc. The best time to conduct an inspection is as soon as possible to provide plenty of time for additional inspections, evaluations, and negotiations on the home. So, as soon as the seller accepts your offer, it is up to you to find the right inspector for the job.
Hiring a Home Inspector
Hiring a home inspector may seem like a straightforward task, but mistakes can be made. Working with a real estate agent helps in this task as they will have a list of trusted recommendations. Do not be afraid to conduct some in-depth research on your own. Home inspection costs vary across the country. Consult your local area experts for an idea of what to expect.
During the Inspection
On the day of the home inspection, you should be present. Inspections will take a few hours depending on the size of the home and the inspector. Although it is not required, the presence of both you and your agent will give you both the chance to ask questions and learn more about the home in person.
The inspector will check out the home from top-to-bottom, inside and out. It is important to note that everything may not be covered. It will be up to you as the buyer to schedule any additional evaluations for things like termites, lead paint, etc.
After the Inspection
Once the inspection is completed and you have received the inspection report, now is the time for review. A good home inspection report should provide in-depth information. It should include checklists, summaries, notes, and pictures, as well as include any recommendations for improvements. From this report, you can negotiate with the seller on the cost to make the repairs and in some cases, the seller may be legally responsible to make the repairs themselves. We recommend that any repairs that the seller agrees to fix should be in writing and as specific as possible to ensure that everything is done to your expectations.
Throughout the inspection process, you may feel some uncertainty or doubt. But remember that your real estate agent has been around the block a time or two. Rely on your agent as a resource and have faith in their experience.
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