So…Your offer got accepted. Now what?WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE INSPECTION
My agent says I should get an inspection during our option period. But what exactly is a home inspection? A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. This is usually conducted by a home inspector who has the training and certifications to perform such inspections. The inspector prepares a report and delivers it to the home buyer. The homebuyer then uses the knowledge gained to make informed decisions about their pending real estate purchase.
CHOOSING AN INSPECTORIt’s your job to choose yourinspector, although your agent may providewith you a list you can use as a startingpointChoose an inspector who can access thehome using a “SupraKey”Schedule early in the “Option Period” ifpossibleMost home inspections last 2 to 3 hours
YOUR AGENT MAY NOT ATTENDI’m not a licensed inspector, so it’sbest for only youand the inspector to be present. I’ll discuss the findings with you afterward
AndINSPECTORS ALSO LOOK FOR: sometimes we look for termites!PLUMBINGMain services, supply lines, waste lines and waterheatersHEATING/COOLINGFuel system, furnaces, air conditioners, ductwork, etc.ELECTRICALMain services, panels, branchwiring, switches, outlets, etc.STRUCTURALSlab-on-grade, crawl spaces, foundations, basementfloors, beams, columns, floor joists, atticstructures, etc.
DON’T BE SURPRISEDDon’t be surprised by the inspection report.It’s the inspectors job to point outeverything.It’s your job to keep it in perspective.You are buying a pre-existing house and allhouses will need maintenance – even afteryou’re living in it.
LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE No inspection is ever PERFECT – even at brand Many items in the inspection report will be new builder homes! minor – they shouldn’t deter you from buying a house that you liked enough to make an offer on. Every home will have little issues that can be easily solved or acceptedIssues with the “Big Three” --Roof, HV/AC(heating, ventilation, air However, even if theconditioning) and Foundation inspector turns up anARE important and your issue with one of theagent should address your “Big Three” it can stilloptions be addressed or fixed.
The purpose of the inspection is to give you a clearer pictureof the health of the home you are buying and to alert you IFthere are any major issues BEFORE you move in.It’s not to tell you that you’re getting a perfect house. Nohouse is perfect…just perfect for YOU!