For Your Protection Get a Home Inspection
Why You Need a Home Inspection
A home inspection is an evaluation of a home’s condition by a trained expert. During a home inspection, a qualified inspector takes an in-depth and impartial look at the property you plan to buy. The inspector won't pass or fail a home based on what they find, but will go over the house thoroughly to help you understand the condition of the property you are buying. It is wise to have an inspection even if the house is new or appears to be in good condition.
You should choose your inspector carefully. Interview several companies before you make your decision. Some of the questions you might ask are: How long have you been in the business and how many inspections have you performed. What does the inspection cover? What is the cost? What type of report will I receive? Can I see a sample of your report? Are you a member of ASHI or other home inspection organizations? Do you have any specialized training?
I recommend you attend the inspection if at all possible. A good inspector will explain the operation of the basic emergency systems such as the main water cut off and the circuit breaker box, and will go over items that will need routine maintenance.
After the inspection is complete, you will receive a written
report of the findings from the home inspector, usually within a day or two. If the inspection finds unacceptable conditions, you can put together a list of requirements that, if agreed to by the seller, would satisfy you. You may also decide to cancel the contract.
The Bottom Line: Spending Hundreds May Save Thousands
When you make a written offer on a home, you should insist that the contract
state that the offer is contingent on a home inspection conducted by a
qualified inspector. You will have to pay for the inspection yourself,
but it could keep you from buying a house that will cost you far more in
repairs down the road. If you are satisfied with the results of the inspection,
then your offer can proceed.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have about the building inspection process!