It’s a big moment when the offer on a home has been accepted!
But, now you have to finalize all the details… your agent is recommending you get the home inspected by a professional and you’re unsure what this all means.
If you’re not familiar with home inspections, you might have questions about what gets inspected, who inspects the home, how thorough they are, why you should even get one and what you should expect when walking through the home with an inspector.
There’s a lot to know about home inspections and you deserve answers to all your questions, so we wrote you our
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is exactly what it sounds like: a qualified inspector walks through the home and looks at the fixtures and elements of the home and provides a report regarding the condition, facts, and any repairs that may be needed.
Why should you have a home inspection done?
An inspection is a great idea to get a full picture of the home from the inside out. Most home inspectors will test appliances, check the condition of the roof, inspect the outlets in the home, do a visual inspection of plumbing fixtures and more. You definitely want a home inspector to inspect and alert you to any red flags about the home.
What does the inspector look at specifically?
I mentioned it a bit in my last answer but six essential components they look at are the roof and attic, basement/foundation, the plumbing, the electrical setup, the heating / cooling system, the exterior of the home and the interior of the home.
How much does it cost?
The price of a home inspection typically depends on the size of your home. In the Fresno area, most home inspections range from $250 to $500. This is money well spent, especially on such a large investment!
Do I need an inspector for a new construction home?
It’s always a great idea to get a home inspection – even on a brand-new home. I like to go by the “trust, but verify” process. Trust that the new home builder did their absolute best to build you an amazing home but verify with an independent home inspector.
Should you be there while the home inspection is happening?
Yes and no. Your real estate agent will give you an approximate time frame of how long an inspector will need to inspect the home. I always advise my clients to show up towards the end of the home inspection. Why? To give the inspector time to thoroughly inspect every inch of the home with minimum interruptions. You’ll be eager to talk to the inspector about every one of their findings as they inspect the home and that can be distracting. By showing up towards the end of the inspection, the inspector has done their job and is ready to walk you through all of their findings.
What happens when red flags are found?
This can vary from home to home, transaction to transaction so it is best to discuss this with your agent. Typically, a request for repairs can be made. Buyers can ask for certain items to be fixed or replaced or can even ask for a reduction in the sales price. Again, this will vary depending on the situation.
Can I back out of a purchase after my home inspection?
Most purchase contracts allow the buyer of a home an inspection contingency. Meaning a buyer can cancel a purchase if there’s a problem discovered during an inspection within a certain period of time. You’ll need to talk to your agent about the specifics of the inspection contingency involved in your purchase.
So what’s not included in a home inspection?
Home inspectors are professionals who do their very best to provide an accurate and thorough inspection. There are some features that aren’t typically included in a home inspection though:
- Termites or pests
- Satellite dishes, antennas or cable television wiring
- Detached structures – sheds, outhouses, greenhouses, etc.
- Well and septic systems
- Building code compliance
- Central vacuum systems
- Fire suppression systems
- Hot tubs and swimming pools
- Environmental Hazards (lead, asbestos, radon, etc)
Are there other inspections I can have done?
Yes! There’s a seemingly endless list of inspections you can have done. Some common ones include a pest inspection performed by a qualified pest company, a well inspection, septic inspection, pool inspection, and a more detailed roof inspection. Other inspections that can be done are soil tests, radon tests, mold tests, asbestos tests, lead-based paint inspections and more.
A home inspection is not a required part of a home purchase but it is HIGHLY recommended. You’ll want to get as much information about the home you are buying before you sign on the final dotted line.
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