As a First-Time Home Buyer or seasoned Home Buyer, there are many things that you need to prepare for as you get into the Home Buying process.
What to Expect from a Home Inspection
A home inspection is a general visual and operational examination of the home. The process usually takes two to three hours depending on the size, age, condition of the home and any additional services provided. The Home Inspectors share the findings with you in a way that is easy to understand.
During a general home inspection, they inspect various items throughout the home including: Exterior Home Components, Roof, Plumbing Systems, Basements/Crawl Space, Electrical Systems, Foundation-Interior and Exterior, Attic, and much more.
Prior to the inspection
Prepare a list of questions or concerns about the property and provide them to the inspection company in advance. This will help ensure that such matters are addressed and that any special arrangements can be made if necessary. Real Estate Agents should instruct sellers to ensure all areas are accessible to the inspector. For example, if the attic access is in a closet, all clothes and belongings should be removed from that area. Ensure you have enough time in your contract for the inspection, follow up specialist inspections, contractor quotes, and testing.
During the inspection
If you are a home buyer, it is especially important, but not required, to be present during the inspection. By accompanying the inspector, you will have the opportunity to:
See the condition of each key component throughout the house and property first hand, helping give you a better understanding of the home and of the resulting inspection report. Help ease any concern about findings which may seem distressing on paper, but are in fact superficial. Save time and avoid frustration by learning about the operation of your new home. You will find out how the heating system works, how to turn on various appliances and components, and where shut-offs are. The inspector will also point out maintenance needs and procedures, and explain how and when to check items that need periodic monitoring. Have all of your questions and concerns addressed immediately as they arise.
After the inspection
Read your inspection report thoroughly. If you have concerns or need clarification—no matter how minor the issue—please do not hesitate to call your inspector. Regardless of which Home Inspection Company is used to perform your inspection, please be sure to use a qualified, trained professional to inspect the home. A home purchase is an investment of a lifetime and you deserve confidence in your financial decision.
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