Home inspections are a very important part of the home-buying process. Buying a home without one is the same thing as buying a car without even kicking the tires.
Any good real estate Agent will recommend that you include a home inspection clause when you make an offer on a house. That usually means you’ll be paying for the inspection, so you need to know what your getting for your money and the background of the inspector doing the work is very important.
The Value of a Home Inspection
A Qualified Home Inspector will comb through all of a properties visible and accessible areas to identify any potential health and safety problems along with any material defects that might be present as well as noting any positive conditions of a particular property.
My inspections include structural elements of the subject property which include foundation, grading affecting foundation, basement & crawlspace, walls, windows, doors, siding, roof, attic, electrical, plumbing, heating & cooling systems, along with electrical service entrance and gas supply to name off some of what is included. Pest, rodents, termites will be reported if found. Recommendations will be made.
Once the inspection is completed a written report with photos and my recommendations is provided.
You are not a Home Inspector
A home inspection is another one of the jobs you are best to let a professional take care of. Few people have the expertise to identify issues with structure, plumbing, electrical etc. It takes a trained eye with years of knowledge to effectively and efficiently preform a proper home inspection. I myself have over 25 years of construction background and 7 years as an Inspector, I am a CMI- Certified Master Inspector.
How to find an Inspector
Your real estate agent can recommend a home inspector. Remember we are not all the same and doing your research is a good idea so you can make a good choice. You must be aware that not all states require inspector licensing or certification. In any case you want to make sure your inspector has plenty of experience. Check out the International association of Certified Home Inspectors @ www.nachi.org for more information on helping you select an inspector, standards of practice, & Ethics. You can also visit various pages on this website for a wealth of information.
There are some things to remember about reports:
-No home is perfect. Its not uncommon to have issues. You as the buyer need to decide if you can deal with what’s found.
-Inspection reports are not a PASS or FAIL by the inspector. Although sometimes things are found that are in need of urgent service for safety reason. The inspection gives you the info you need to make a comprehensive decision on whether or not to buy the property. It also gives you negotiation leverage on the offer to either fix some things, negotiate price or keep looking for another property.
-This is not a warranty, guarantee, or insurance policy. The report will identify issues found the day of inspection and cannot predict problems that might happen days, weeks, months, or years down the road because things happen.
With that said, it’s a good idea to meet with your inspector on site to go over the things found and ask questions.
What will it cost:
The inspection fees vary, you get what you pay for. Considering how much you can save by avoiding potential disasters, its money well spent.
I hear people say they can’t afford an inspection. I say you can’t afford not to have one. This is your investment.
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