What to Expect During a Home Inspection
First things first – you will be feeling ALL the feels. Excitement, anxiety, impatience, you name it and the home buying process will elicit it. But take a deep breath; you’re nearing the end of the process. Read on to know what to expect during the home inspection stage of the home buying process.
ONE: A HOME INSPECTOR IS YOUR PROTECTOR
An inspector helps you make sure a house isn’t hiding anything before you commit for the long haul. He or she will discover will identify any reasonably discoverable problems with the house, i.e. a leaky roof, faulty plumbing, etc.. Hiring an inspector is you doing your due diligence.
TWO: AN INSPECTION IS ALL ABOUT LISTS
Before an inspection, the home inspector will review the seller’s property disclosure statement which lists any flaws the seller is aware of that could negatively affect the home’s value.
During the inspection, your inspector has three tasks:
1. Identify problems within the house
2. Suggest fixes
3. Estimate repair costs
The inspector will produce a written report, usually including photos, detailing any issues with the property that you and your agent will then use to request repairs from the seller.
THREE: THE INSPECTOR WON’T CHECK EVERYTHING
A home inspectors examination generally only includes problems that can be seen with the naked eye, that is, they don’t have magic x-ray goggles and they won’t be putting themselves in harms way if a roof is too steep to climb. They also cannot predict the future. While they can give a rough idea of how many more years a roof will hold up, they can’t tell you exactly when it will need to be replaced.
FOUR: IT’S YOUR JOB TO CHECK THE INSPECTOR
Now that you know what the professional should be looking for, you’re ready to connect. Here’s where your real estate agent has your back. He or she can recommend reputable home inspectors to you. Family and friends can come in handy for this as well.
You’ll want to interview at least three inspectors before hiring. Below are some questions you’ll want to ask during each chat:
1. Are you licensed or certified?
2. How long have you been in the business?
3. How much do you charge?
4. What do you check, exactly?
5. What don’t you check, specifically?
6. How soon after the inspection will I receive my report?
7. May I see a sample report?
FIVE: SHOW UP FOR THE INSPECTION (& BRING YOUR AGENT)
Your and your agent’s presence is not required, but it is highly recommended. Even though you’ll receive a report summarizing findings later on, being there in person gives you a chance to ask questions and learn the inner workings of the home.
SIX: GET READY TO NEGOTIATE
Once you receive the inspector’s report, review it with your agent. Legally, sellers are required to make certain repairs
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