Home Buyer's Inspection

Home Inspections are an important part of the home buying process. Buying a home is a big step and a buyer's home inspection can reduce the risk of making a poor or costly decision. Dan will take you through a thorough inspection looking for areas of the property that are not performing correctly, are unsafe or may be problematic. He is a teacher and a building scientist and will take the time to explain the conditions he finds in the house. You will be in the best of hands.

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What are Home Inspections for Buyer's?

A home inspection is a thorough visual overview of the structure and systems of a home with the purpose to discover any issues with the home that are not performing correctly, are unsafe or maybe problematic in the near future. Your inspector should provide a written report which details any problems, the severity of the problem and recommendations for dealing with it. The inspector may recommend further evaluation. Before you close, you then have to consider whether or not the repairs are to be made now and who will be responsible for the cost of making them.

Why do I need a home inspection?

When buying a home the buyer has an opportunity to inspect the home prior to closing. Unlike an appraisal the buyer can choose their own inspector. This choice is a critical one since buying a home can be an emotional process for many people and it may make the buyer overlook things that could and maybe should be deal breakers depending on the severity of the problems. You also don't want an inspector that is unrealistic by over dramatizing the extent of an issue creating fear in the buyer that may stop the deal going through.

What does a home inspection include?

A home inspector's report will review the condition of the home's: heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing, electrical systems, roof, attic, visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, foundation, basement, and other visible structures. You may also request additional services such as mold testing, radon testing, water testing, thermal imagery and heat/air loss inspections typically known as energy audits.

Can my friend or family member do the inspection?

It is a bad idea to let your uncle, husband's cousin or a friend inspect your house. Even if someone is a contractor, it does not mean that the person is trained in inspecting properties. When you have a qualified, unbiased inspection, if problems are found they are more likely to be taken seriously whereas they may not be if the inspection was done by a relative or friend.

A home inspection is not:

a code inspection, and will not verify local building code compliance. Nor will your inspector pass or fail the home. Home inspectors report issues of safety and condition rather than Code. - going to protect you against future failures. Systems and components like air conditioners and heat can and will break down even after an inspection. A home inspector will attempt to reveal the condition of the component at the time the component was inspected but for protection from later failure you may want to purchase a relatively inexpensive home warranty for your peace of mind. - an appraisal that can determine the value of a home. And a home inspector cannot tell you whether to buy the home or what price you should buy it for.

Should I attend the inspection?

Buying a home is one of the biggest purchase decisions of your life and as such it is important that you make time to be there for the inspection. The home inspector can show you any issues good or bad and explain them to you. You will begin to learn about your new home and how to take care of it. But be sure to give your inspector the room to inspect and concentrate on the job.

What do I do if problems are discovered?

Once your inspection is performed, review the inspection and make a list of items you think the seller should address and present them to the agent in a timely manner. The inspection is not meant to be a re-negotiation tool but many times it becomes one.