If you’re buying or selling a home, it’s important to understand what a home inspection requires and how it moves the sale or purchase of a house. A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the structure and systems of a home by a neutral third party.
If you’re buying or selling a home, it’s important to understand what a home inspection requires and how it moves the sale or purchase of a house.
What Is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the structure and systems of a home by a neutral third party.
Basically, it shows you what’s wrong with the property and if it is serious enough to prevent a sale.
Three main points of the inspection
Evaluate the physical condition of the home.
Identify items in need of repair or replacement.
Estimate the remaining useful life of the major systems, equipment, structure and finishes.
An inspector cannot report on defects that are not visible, such as defects hidden behind finished walls or beneath carpeting, and inaccessible areas.
When interviewing inspectors
Be sure to ask for references and memberships in professional associations.
Find out about the inspector’s professional training and experience.
It’s a good idea to be present during the inspection for a few reasons
You can ask the inspector questions during the inspection
Many inspectors also will offer maintenance tips as the inspection progresses.
The inspector will have the opportunity to point out areas of potential trouble
Making Suggested Repairs
The seller is not required to make any repairs or replacements. However, the buyer can use the inspection report as a negotiating tool.
If certain repairs or replacements are made, the buyer might offer to pay more, or if they’re not, the buyer can bid lower.
Where to Find Home Inspector
To hire an inspector, get recommendations from your Realtor, or from friends and family.
You can also find home inspectors in the phone book under “Home Inspection Services.”
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