As trusted Realtors, we educate our clients on the importance of a home inspection.
Before anything else, preparation is key to success. Alexander Graham Bell
Sellers provide a disclosure about the working condition and known history of their home. This is just a starting point. There are, likely, items the seller doesn’t know exist or have actually forgotten about.
First, it is important to understand realistic expectations of a home inspection. Together, we will make arrangements for a professional home inspector to look at the condition of a buyer’s potential home. Home inspection items may include the roof, plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling systems, paint, windows, doors, and foundation. Buyers might want to arrange (usually at an added cost) for added inspections such as mold, asbestos, lead or radon. Depending on the property, you may want to ask for testing well water or septic systems.
Buyers and Sellers, it is typical to have the inspection done after you have an accepted offer on a home. Sellers, here is a list for you! Being prepared for a home inspection on your end is equally as important. Offers to purchase are usually contingent on the buyer’s approval of the home inspection. Let’s make the most of it!
Buyers, you have a list as well! Keep in mind that all objectionable inspection issues should be “repairs” and not “improvements.” Repairs may be poorly wired electrical, for example. An improvement would be new counter tops.
Standard home inspections will usually take two or three hours. Typically the cost is between $200 to $500 depending on the size, age, location and type of home. Buyers are encouraged to be present during the inspection. This is a great time to ask questions, learn about maintenance of the property .
Home Inspectors will provide a written report of all findings to both the buyer and their Realtor. If the report shows no major problems, you can move forward with confidence! If there are bigger issues, a professional Realtor will help you navigate those waters.