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What to Expect from Your Home Inspection

What to Expect from Your Home Inspection

You made an offer and it was accepted. Your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. Agents often recommend you make your offer contingent upon a clean home inspection.

This contingency allows you to renegotiate the price you offered for the home, ask the sellers to cover repairs, or in some cases, walk away if challenges arise. Your agent can advise you on the best course of action once the report is filed.

How to Choose an Inspector

Your agent will most likely have a short list of inspectors they’ve worked with in the past to recommend to you. HGTV suggests you consider the following five areas when choosing the right home inspector for you:

1. Qualifications – Find out what’s included in your inspection and if the age or location of your home may warrant specific certifications or specialties.

2. Sample Reports – Ask for a sample inspection report so you can review how thoroughly they will be inspecting your dream home. In most cases, the more detailed the report,
the better.

3. References – Do your homework. Ask for phone numbers and names of past clients who you can call to discuss their experiences.

4. Memberships – Not all inspectors belong to a national or state association of home inspectors, and membership in one of these groups should not be the only way to evaluate your choice. Membership in one of these organizations does, however, often mean continued training and education are required.

5. Errors and 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 they might miss something they should see.

Ask your inspector if it’s okay for you to tag along during the inspection, so they can point out anything that should be addressed or fixed.

Don’t be surprised to see your inspector climbing on the roof or crawling around in the attic and on the floors. 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 and air conditioning systems, ventilation, windows, fireplace and chimney, foundation, and so much more.

Bottom Line

They say, ‘ignorance is bliss,’ but not when investing your hard-earned money into a home of your own. Work with a professional you can trust to give you the most information possible, so you can make the most educated decision about your purchase.

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5 replies
  1. Alice Carroll
    Alice Carroll says:

    After I heard the news about a rat infestation somewhere in my neighborhood, I thought about having a house inspection to see if my house is built safely and with resistances to pests. This article has been helpful in my preparation for this, especially when you mentioned about asking for a sample report to know how thorough an inspection company will be. This is going to be the first time I’ll be getting this service so I’m kind of lost on what to expect.

  2. Jesse Ford
    Jesse Ford says:

    I like how you mentioned requesting past client’s contact information from a potential inspector to see what their experiences were. My wife and I are thinking of looking for a home inspection service because we’re considering closing on a house in a new city since I might be accepting a new job there. I think it’s a good idea for us to consider hiring a reputable professional that can thoroughly inspect the home we’re thinking of buying so we don’t run into any physical issues with the house after closing on it.

  3. Alice Carroll
    Alice Carroll says:

    Thanks for the tip that I should get sample reports when it comes to hiring a home inspection expert. I plan to buy a new home soon and I’d like to make sure that it would not come with problems that need repairing. Getting a professional inspection would surely yield better results than if I try to do it myself.

  4. Radon Professional
    Radon Professional says:

    Buying a home could be the largest investment. To minimize unpleasant surprises homebuyers should strive to learn about the house before buying it. Buying a home, one of the things you should do is to have it checked out by a professional home inspector.


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