Things To Know About Home Inspections

By Melissa Rolland Courant Community

You’ve fallen in love with the house as soon as you saw it, you’ve put in an offer, and good news! Your offer has been accepted.

For most home buyers, a contingency on their offer of a home includes a completion of a home inspection. This is the time during the home buying journey where you can learn more about your home, it’s condition and any potential issues that may need to be addressed.

Below are five things to know about navigating the inspection phase of the home buying process.

I need a good home inspector

Who to hire. It isn’t every day that you buy a home, so for many home buyers, it will come from recommendations from their real estate agent, friends, or family on who to use to complete their home inspection. The reputation and professionalism, thoroughness, and the completion and delivery of the home inspection report might be some areas to think about when choosing a home inspector. The cost of the completion of the inspection is, of course, a consideration and doing due diligence to find out what aspects of an inspection would be included should also be confirmed.

They’ll look at the big stuff. Electrical, heating/cooling, the foundation, the roof, etc. will all be evaluated on condition. They’ll not be any feedback on loud paint colors or choice of style of kitchen cabinets, for example.

The Inspection Report. The report itself will focus on the basics, what’s damaged, and what needs repair. They’re typically very easy to read and often will include pictures with a description of the different sections (interior, exterior, heating, etc.) to the inspection.

Code of Ethics. The inspection report itself will be private between whoever is paying the inspector’s fee. That said, the inspector will not deliver a report that intentionally hides anything. Also, whatever a seller knows about the condition of the house, must be disclosed.

The inspector is not liable. Even the very best inspectors can’t find every little thing, of the hundreds of things, including the interiors of walls and in between floors, that are part of a home. If a problem is revealed down the road, the inspector can’t be held responsible.

You’re dreaming about move-in day. As you should! Inspections are a time to get more acquainted with your soon-to-be home and give you the opportunity to discover anything unforeseen about the condition of your home.

And if something is discovered, agents will work out those issues, with some remedies – such as a reduction in the purchase price, the seller covering the cost of the repairs, or the seller fixing the problem before closing.

You can relax knowing that completing a home inspection will allow you the chance to have a behind-the-scenes look at your home before move-in day.

At Home Check, we provide our clients with the information they need to be confident through the home closing process and beyond. Over the years, our inspections have saved our clients thousands of dollars by providing a clear understanding of
the condition of the property they were purchasing.

I have inspected over 9000 homes in my career, yet I have never inspected a “perfect” house.
Even with new construction, we sometimes find where “shortcuts”
were taken in the building of the house. Sometimes the deficiencies we find are minor. Sometimes they can be costly and even unsafe.
My promise to our clients is this: I will inspect the property they are purchasing as if I was the purchaser.
I wouldn’t do it any other way.  Give us a call Today! 504-417-5978 or Visit our site for more info.