A home inspection is an essential part of the home buying process. It can help you determine if any major repairs need to be made before buying the home. The inspector will look for any problems with the home that could cause you to lose money on the sale. This blog post will discuss five things you should keep in mind during a home inspection.
- Time frame
An inspector will usually spend most of their time walking around outside and home garden, walking through each room and looking at the kitchen and bathroom appliances. The inspector is not looking for things to criticize the home but to determine if any significant problems need addressing.
- Preparing for a home inspection
To prepare for the inspection, you should remove any items that could be considered a tripping hazard or that could interfere with the inspector’s ability to do their work. Please remember that the inspector is there to conduct a professional safety inspection, which you will receive a copy of afterward.
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Most states require that the inspector provide you with a written report of their findings, which contains a section to note any damages and the inspector’s assessment of those damages. If you feel that there is something worth noting in the report, you should speak to your inspector ahead of time to record it.
- The inspection itself
The inspector will conduct a thorough inspection of the exterior and interior of your home with you there to ask questions and provide access to parts of the house that you may not be able to reach or see. The inspector will also check all of the appliances to determine if they are in good working order. This can be beneficial information before you close on your new homeownership.
- Home warranty
Many home warranty companies do not require a home inspection to qualify for a home warranty. Regardless, it is essential to pay attention and understand what was stated in the home inspection so that you know what needs to be fixed prior to moving into the home. Most home warranties do not cover known pre-existing conditions.
A home inspection is just that, an inspection. It’s to help you know what you are getting into when you close on a home, provide information about the home you are buying, and help you prioritize the repairs that need completion.