Once you have found that perfect home with the right price and every little feature you were hoping for, it’s important to keep in mind that the home has been presented in a way that accentuates its highlights and shadows any flaws. For this reason, it is crucial that you get a home inspection before completing a purchase.
Many sellers also have inspectors investigate the home in order to
determine its sale value. As such, they should be aware that a
prospective buyer will want to request an independent inspection to
verify the findings.
Reasons For Home Inspections
If you are the one purchasing the home, getting an inspection is
likely to be the most important investigation you need to perform to
ensure you are getting the best value. It can also help to know what
reasons each party has for requiring a home inspection.
Buyers, for example, feel peace of mind knowing the home in question
is safe. They also gain the ability to negotiate in the event a problem
arises from inspection, or they can request repairs first. They can also
opt out if the problems that arise are too overwhelming to deal with
prior to or after the purchase. Finally, buyers can learn about the kind
of maintenance and upkeep be required for the home in the long run.
Sellers, on the other hand, want to make the transaction as smooth of
a process as possible to prevent issues that could slow down the sale.
They can also learn about any problems they need to repair before
putting the house on the market, and they can determine the sale price
for the transaction. Lastly, this allows the seller to prove their
transparency by having an inspection report available, even though he or
she should expect that the buyer should be requesting an independent
home inspection regardless.
It should be evident, having an inspection conducted is vital for
buyers and sellers alike; though the price might seem costly at first,
it is merely a small fee that is well worth the effort to solidify a
Finding A Home Inspector
The first thing to keep in mind is that most states lack a licensing
process for those who inspect homes. If your state does not have such
criteria, finding an inspector in good standing with a nationally
recognized organization can help as well.
It is very important not to take a seller’s inspection report at face
value, no matter what kind of reputation they may have as a person. You
might not even want to accept an inspector that someone else hires
since they may have a vested interest that can influence the report.
Keep in mind that a general inspector is not typically licensed to
check for specific issues like gas or pests. As such, you will need to
either seek someone who is licensed for a full inspection or specifically
request inspection for pests, especially for those in high risk areas.