Home Inspections Part 1: What you Need to Know7/31/2017
Home Inspections Part I: What You Need to Know
You just sold your house. Congratulations!
Before the sale can be finalized, a pre-sale home inspection is usually required to verify the structure of the house and its systems are sound.
This two part blog series will guide you through the process and offer tips to help you prepare for your home for inspection.
What is a home inspection?
A professional home inspection is a visual examination of the interior and exterior of your home, as well as its major systems (HVAC, plumbing, electrical, etc.) to ensure they are installed and working correctly.
The information gathered from the inspection is compiled into a written report along with recommendations to address certain conditions that need attention.
A home inspection may include radon testing, termite and insect detection, pool inspections, and other tests at the buyer’s request.
How long does the inspection take to complete?
A typical home inspection can take between two to four hours.
Who pays for the home inspection?
Typically, the potential home buyer will pay for the inspection.
Will I receive a copy of the report?
The report belongs to the party paying for the inspection. Unless he or she authorizes the inspector to release the report, you will not receive a copy.
Should I be at home for the inspection?
It is better that you are NOT home during the inspection. The home inspector needs the freedom to do a thorough examination without interruption. Additionally, this is an opportunity for the buyers to get acquainted with the ins and outs of their new home, so it is imperative to the sale that they are able ask critical questions freely.
Can my home fail an inspection?
No, a home cannot fail an inspection. The inspection is performed to document the current condition of the home and note what areas may need some attention, some of which may need more immediate attention than others.
What happens after the inspection?
Following the inspection, the inspector will issue a report to their client with a summary of the inspection and note any material defects or issues that may impede the sale or bring you back to the negotiation table, such as a grading problem or a roof that’s in disrepair.
Check back with us next month for Home Inspections Part II: Prepare, Prepare, Prepare, which will include tips to get your home ready for the inspection.