What to expect during a home inspection
Buying a home is a time filled with a lot of anxiety.
Beside the large amounts of money that are being transferred a part of the anxiety is from going through the process of buying a home for the first time and not knowing what to expect. Even if it is not your first time buying a home it could have been years since you went through the process, or maybe this time around different steps are required. There are a lot of steps and processes involved in buying a home. There are large lengthy contracts, loan choices, and the amount of decisions you need to make seem to be endless.
Getting a home inspection done is simply another step in completing the process of purchasing a home. It is actually one of the most important steps to help relieve some of the anxiety in the purchasing process. You are about to buy a home and a home inspection helps you understand everything about the structural integrity of the home. It helps you know the true condition of your home. A home inspection done by a certified home inspector can give you the peace of mind of truly understanding what you are getting into.
First, you want to make sure you choose a Certified Home inspector with accreditation and a solid background. If you don’t start with that your outcome and what to expect can be all over the map. The inspector you choose will work with your realtor and the sellers realtor on finding a time for an inspection that works for both parties.
A typical home inspection can last anywhere from 2.5 to 3.5 hours.
This time can vary based on the age and condition of the home. The inspector will give you a time to be at the property. It is always best if you and the sellers can be at the inspection for a live walkthrough. The inspector will not only point out any potential issues with the home, but will also give you maintenance tips. In addition, it is always best to see any issues in person, which allows you to fully understand the problem and the solutions available. If you are not able to be at the property for the home inspection, the inspector will be able to send you a detailed report with pictures and descriptions. The inspector should then go through the report with you over the phone.
When the inspector arrives at the property they will conduct a multiple point inspection on every aspect of the home. Some inspectors will charge additional fees to inspect certain items, so make sure you clarify that with them ahead of time. A&M Home Inspection does not charge such fees and does not charge extra based on the square footage or age of the home.
The inspector will investigate the grounds, deck, roof, balcony, doors, windows, foundation, plumbing, electrical, heating, attic, and if you can think of anything else the inspector is going to review it. During the inspection the inspector will be taking notes, pictures, and filling out an inspection report. The inspector will than go over the inspection report with you, addressing any issues, provide maintenance tips, and give recommendations for next steps to address any problems with the home.
The inspection report will then be emailed to you and to your realtor. That inspection report is then used by your realtor to negotiate resolutions to the problems. This will come in the form of money or the seller fixing the issues. At A&M Home Inspection we work with you and your real estate agent during this process. Many home inspectors will consider their job complete as soon as they hand you the inspection report, we do not believe in that. We are here to not only help you during the closing process, but we are here to help you even after you move in.
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