So you finalized the purchase of your new home, you feel good about the home you purchased because you really like it. You should be proud of yourself, but now it’s time to schedule a home inspection. The Home inspection is a pretty important step in the process of purchasing a home. A home inspection is an examination of the home you just purchased to visually check the systems, components and the structure of the home, starting with the roof down to the foundation.
Remember a home inspection will provide you with an opinion as to the condition of the home, at the time of the inspection, you are buying. The inspection takes between 2-3 hours to complete and as a Buyer you are encouraged to attend to learn about your home and to ask questions.
During the inspections conditions may be discovered that is beyond the inspector’s experience which they will recommend further evaluation of problems or symptoms.
As a Buyer it is recommended that you schedule your home inspection as quickly as possible should you need to bring in additional personnel for further evaluation. The purchase contract details time frames for all inspections please review these dates with your Realtor so you don’t run out of time. Remember, if you are coming close to the end of the time frame, make sure your Realtor address’ an extension with the Listing Agent.
As a Buyer there are 2 things you can do to prepare for your home inspection, (1) create a list of questions or items that you want the inspector to address. As a normal course of action, most of your items will be outlined on the Inspector’s check list and (2) email the home inspector a copy of the Seller’s Disclosure which will detail any current items of concern. Try to email this document prior to the day of the inspection and ask the inspector to review it. In addition, you should bring a copy to make sure there aren’t any other questions or concerns.
How do you find the best Home Inspectors, ask your Realtor for a list of ASHI certified home inspectors or you can go online to the ASHI website and look for local Inspectors.