22 May What should you expect from a home inspection?
After you make an offer on your new home the next step is home inspection. Your purchase agreement will more thank likely be contingent on a home inspection. This gives you a chance to have repairs covered by seller, renegotiate price, or possibly walk away if there were some major concerns after the home inspection. Your agent will be of help when deciding any of these factors and who to use for your home inspection. Finding a good home inspector is a key factor in purchasing your home. It’s a big investment and you want to make sure you are covered. Some of things a good home inspector will have are.
Sample Reports – ask for a sample inspection report so you can review how thoroughly they will be inspecting your dream home. The more detailed the report, the better in most cases.
References – do your homework – ask for phone numbers and names of past clients who you can call to ask about their experiences.
Errors & Omission Insurance – Find out what the liability of the inspector or inspection company is once the inspection is over. The inspector is only human after all, and it is possible that they might miss something they should have seen.
You should be allowed to be at the home inspection with your agent as well. This will give you a chance to see first-hand what the inspector sees that needs to be fixed.
The job of the inspector is to protect your investment and find any issues with the home, including but not limited to: the roof, plumbing, electrical components, appliances, heating & air conditioning systems, ventilation, windows, the fireplace and chimney, the foundation, and so much more!
Bottom line – work with a professional who you trust while you are investing your money into a home. Get as much information as you can so you and your agent can make the most education decision when purchasing.