We Know: What is a Home Inspection?

What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is an evaluation by a certified professional that is done on a home before it is purchased. A home inspection ensures the buyer does not inherit any of the previous owners problems, whether he is aware of them or not.

What does a home inspector do?

The home inspector's in-depth and impartial check of the home includes, but is not limited to, physical condition, structure, construction, and mechanical systems. The inspector also informs the prospective buyer of any repairs that may needed in the present and near future, as well as estimating the remaining useful life of the major systems like electrical, plumbing, heating, and air conditioning.

Can I buy a home without an inspector?

While you can certainly purchase a home without having it inspected, it is highly recommended that you hire an inspector first. Although the inspection costs several hundred dollars, the inconvenience is outweighed by being able to walk away from a house purchase with hidden problems.

Should the seller pay for the inspection?

Anything the seller pays for is a service for them. By allowing them to handle the inspection, you are taking a chance that the damage report has been minimized to satisfy the person paying for the job.

Should my real estate agent choose my home inspector?

While it is easy for the realtor to find an inspector for you, you should take this matter into our own hands. Although the majority or realtors and inspectors are very honest, there have been too many news stories about bakers, realtor, inspectors and appraisers who falsified paperwork to cheat a buyer. If you cannot get a personal recommendation, try state regulatory authorities, professional organizations, or a rating service on the Internet.

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