If you are getting ready to buy a home, you probably know that it can be a long and tedious process. There are a lot of different steps and many of those must be completed under certain time restraints. Knowledge is one of the best tools you can have in your arsenal when it is time to start making offers on the homes you like. While you likely have a real estate agent and a mortgage lender guiding you through the many steps, doing your own research will help you feel confident in the process. One aspect of homebuying that can be confusing is the home inspection. Who pays for it? Is it necessary? What do they look for? These are important questions that we are going to address.
WHO PAYS FOR THE HOME INSPECTION?
The buyer almost always pays for the home inspection. If the home inspection turns up issues that you do not want to fix, you can negotiate with the seller to have them pay for repairs. You also have the choice to walk away or accept the home as-is.
WHEN DO YOU GET THE HOME INSPECTION?
Once you make an offer and the seller accepts, you are under time constraints to complete each step. It is important that you already have a trustworthy home inspector ready to make a quick appointment. Some home inspectors stay scheduled out for weeks, so don’t wait until the last minute to find one that will be able to get you on the schedule.
IS A HOME INSPECTION REALLY NECESSARY?
While not always mandatory, home inspections are a necessary part of buying a home. It can be tempting to skip the inspection to save the money, but it could cost you far more in the long run if you decide to forgo the inspection. Inspectors know to look for things that we just are not attuned to. The last thing you would want is to move into your new home and find major issues when it is too late.
WHAT DO HOME INSPECTORS LOOK FOR?
Home inspectors look for many different types of things. They will check for water damage, damage that could affect structural integrity, roof issues, electrical system and plumbing problems, HVAC issues, pest problems, and more. You could also purchase radon and air quality tests. Hopefully, your inspection report does not show many problems, but if it does, you can make an informed decision on your next steps.
HOW TO CHOOSE A HOME INSPECTOR?
Ask around for recommendations from friends and family. Word of mouth is a great way to find someone that you can trust. The home inspector you choose should be current on all their certifications and training. You will also want to make sure they are fully insured and experienced in the type of property you are purchasing.
We hope this information on home inspections will be helpful to you as you enter the homebuying process. When you are ready to move, be sure to give Zippy Shell a call. We are ready to partner with you for an easy and stress-free move.