Getting a Home Inspection
A home inspection is an essential step in the home buying process.
Home inspections are used to provide the buyer with an opportunity to identify any major issues with a home prior to closing the sale. A Home Inspection can be used as a contingency in your contract with the seller. The contingency provides that if significant defects appear in the home inspection, you can back out of your purchase offer, free of penalty, within a certain time frame.
Realtors sometimes include home inspection clauses in their contracts, such as those for a newly built residence. In new home construction, inspections generally cover:
- Foundations: checking before the concrete is poured
- Pre-drywall: checking the structure and mechanics before the drywall is laid.
- Full Inspection: A full walk-through is performed on the home to find any other issues.
What a Home Inspection Covers
A good Home Inspector should examine certain components of the home and then produces a report covering their findings. The typical inspection lasts two to three hours and you should be present for the inspection, so you can get the explanation firsthand, or be directly shown any issues that are present, this may be more clear to you that the report, and you can ask questions.
The inspector should note:
- Whether each problem is a safety issue, major defect, or minor defect
- Which items need replacement and which should be repaired or serviced
- Items that are suitable for now but that should be monitored closely
An inspector can also suggest routine maintenance that should be performed to help you maintain your home.