Anyone shopping for a home right now will tell you that the market is tough and sometimes conditions can be a hindrance on your offer. We understand your frustration but skipping a home inspection can be a costly decision! Since there is so much potential risk to your offer by including an inspection condition to your offer, you want to make sure that your home inspector is well qualified as this field is not regulated yet (we’ve been told this is coming though).
Generally speaking, a home inspector will look at all major mechanical systems, structural integrity, cosmetic features and other visible aspects of the house. This includes but is not limited to: heating and cooling systems, electrical, plumbing, garages, exterior walls, chimney, foundation, basements and crawl spaces, and the attic. They are also looking for any signs of water damage, insect or other pest damage.
Care and research in choosing a home inspector will make your experience better and possibly save you money. Our team has a list of trusted inspectors, ones that we have worked with in the past who have been professional and thorough but you will want to look at the background of each and see if it matches up to the home you’re looking at and what you expect out of the inspection. Some inspectors will also use infrared technology to try to get a better idea of what is behind the walls.
Ultimately a home inspection is a snapshot of the home on the day it is inspected. We always expect at least 1% of purchase value to be found in required maintenance items throughout the house. However, a home inspector can save you from some big bills in the future, the article for this newsletter is an example of a home inspector that did not inspect the attic … leaving the buyers with a large mess to clean up!
Rachel, Dana, Chris, and Joy