Home inspections are one of those pesky little tasks on a buyer’s to-do list that just seem not so important. However, they are! A home inspection is one of the most important pieces of purchasing a home. It can tell you much about your home that you wouldn’t necessarily see upon a quick walk-through and utilize a professional’s expertise to unveil the true condition of your possible new home.
Here are some reasons why home inspections by professionals are ALL too important to skip!
A home inspection is a detailed report prepared by a home inspector about the condition of home systems, deterioration, and recommendations. The inspection could take between 2 and 5 hours and may cost between $250 and $500. Many buyers attend home inspections, so they can better understand the issues, ask questions, and learn more about the house and its major systems.
The Why of Home Inspections
Common in most sales contracts, a home inspection contingency makes a sales conditional upon the outcome of the home inspection report. A home inspection is also a good way to identify repairs to request and to learn about the elements and systems of a house. Sometimes, a seller will even schedule a home inspection prior to listing to identify possible areas that need to be fixed that might have an impact of the selling process.
Elements of a Home Inspection
The home inspector will examine major elements of a house, ensuring proper operation of systems, observing the condition, and noting damage. A typical home inspection report will cover:
- The exterior: Roof, driveway, walkways, steps, doors, decks, and siding among other elements.
- The structure: Foundation and framing. The inspector determines whether the foundation and framing are sound, and the building skeleton can withstand the elements.
- The interior: Windows and doors; ceilings, walls, and floors; attic and basement.
- Plumbing and electrical systems:
- Water supply, heating, and drainage
- Service entrance wires, breakers and fuses, and control panels
- Heating, cooling, and ventilation/insulation
Inspectors may look for other damages as well with the structure. They may find that a termite inspection or radon testing need to be done because of damage factors in their findings.
They are NOT responsible for inspections on pests, lead, mold, asbestos or several other areas that might require a specialist to assess and give a suggested repair report. Most home inspectors are trained in general home qualities and may need to leave these areas to the specialists in that field.
Tips for Buyers for your Home Inspections
- Buyers should hire their own inspectors, not their agents.
- Buyers often accompany the inspector during the inspection.
- Ask questions.
- Note things like major defects, how systems work, and where the electrical panels and shutoffs are located.
- Remember: Some inspectors may be more thorough than others. Two inspectors could look at the same house and note different defects.
- Don’t assume everything in an inspection must be fixed. A report may note serious defects as well as small things like a missing doorbell.
- Call contractors for estimates on necessary repairs.
- Use the findings to negotiate with the seller about pre-closing repairs and price reductions.
As always, the Grand Living Team is here to support their buyers in every way possible. A Home Inspection is always a good idea for your own peace of mind. The GLR Team will help assist in finding quality inspectors to choose from so that your experience with buying a home is as smooth as possible. H2H Inspections works with GLR for Home Inspections so feel free to contact GLR today for help!