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Getting a Home Inspection? Here’s What to Expect.

Getting a Home Inspection? Here’s What to Expect.

It is recommended that you have a home inspection every year to ensure that issues in a home are addressed before it is too late. Keep in mind that something as small as a crack in your home could do a lot of damage, like expose you to an infestation, or be the beginning signs of a structural issue so scheduling an inspection is not only smart it’s necessary if you are thinking of buying a home. Now, if you aren't sure what to expect, that’s okay because the following is meant to help you understand so that you won't be surprised.

Why is it Important Before Final Purchase?

An offer made to home sellers can be contingent upon the results of a home inspection during the due diligence period. This means you can still make changes to your offer should there be an issue you did not catch before the inspection but still within the due diligence period. If the issues involve major and/or minor repairs you don't want to deal with, you can ask the seller to correct them or pass on the house.

Guide the Outcomes by Choosing Wisely

Your agent will likely have a list of Home Inspectors that he or she trusts. Make sure you give these individuals an opportunity as long as you pay attention to the following points:

  • Make sure the Home Inspector is Licensed and pay attention to special certifications he or she may have.
  • Try to obtain a sample inspection report so that you can see and example of the report you will receive.
  • Make sure you check out third party reviews online.

Be sure to ask the person you are considering if you can be present at the end of the inspection for a walk through so you know will have a better understanding of the issues found during the inspection, should you move forward with the purchase the home.

What Might You See?

An inspection is a detailed job, so the inspector will be going through the entire home, like climbing on the roof, moving through crawl spaces and attics, etc.

The Home Inspector will check all the major aspects of the home you are intending on purchasing such as the foundation, the plumbing, electrical wiring, AC systems, ventilation, etc.

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