What You Need to Know About Home Inspections


Why do you need a home inspection?

Buying a home is probably one of most expensive purchases you will ever make. To know that you are making a good decision, you need to learn as much about the house as possible. A home inspection with a trained inspector will reveal any safety issues and major or minor defects on the property. The inspector will check the condition of the home in areas you may not be able to see or easily access, like the roof.

What is a home inspection contingency?

The home inspection contingency protects buyers like you by giving you the right to cancel the sales contract without forfeiting your ready money. If the home inspector finds a problem or problems with the property, you can absolutely back out of the sale. Or you can present the home inspection findings to the seller and request repairs or a cash credit before closing.

How much does a home inspection usually cost?

Home inspection prices can vary by inspector and by region, but expect to spend several hundred dollars. Since this is your only opportunity before closing to identify any problems, this is not the time to skimp on costs or look for a “bargain” inspector. You want to make sure you hire a thorough, reputable inspector.

Who do you recommend?

As an experienced agent, I offer a list of inspectors used in the past.  A good rule of thumb is to select a inspector that is licensed and certified.  Click here for more information on certified home inspectors.

Will you be there during the home inspection?

Yes,  I provide a high level of customer service and will be there for the home inspection. You should try to be present, too. The inspector will take photos and provide a detailed summary report, but you should not miss the opportunity to be there and ask questions. The inspector can point out which small repairs you can do yourself and which larger problems may require a specialist. Some inspectors will also offer home maintenance tips as they discover areas that are in good condition now but may need attention in the future.

After the home inspection, what are the next steps?

Depending on the home inspection findings, we will proceed with the sale as is, negotiate for a better price, request repairs or choose to back out of the sale.