Posted on October 25th, 2022.
When you decide that owning your first home is a smart decision, a professional home inspection should be at the top of your list for must do’s.
Inspectors for homes have an incredibly vital job in the home buying process. Choosing the right home inspector is therefore a vital exercise.
Before making an offer, you should have at least an understanding of the basics.
Let’s look at everything a buyer should know about a home inspection.
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a professional non-invasive evaluation of the structural, mechanical and electrical systems of a property.
Home inspectors will also inspect for any potential maintenance or safety hazards. They will also evaluate the condition of the roof, crawlspace, walls, insulation, windows and more!
Home inspectors use a variety of equipment and techniques to gather information, such as walk-through, pictures and videos of defects found during the inspections. A top-notch home inspector will essentially go through the property with a fine tooth comb from top to bottom.
They leave no stone unturned so a home buyer can have peace of mind with their purchase.
Home inspection checklist
It is not a bad idea to have a home inspection checklist before meeting the home inspector and walking through the property.
A home inspector will typically start the inspection process by looking over the exterior grounds of the property. They will look at the grading, and the exterior structures.
Let’s look more closely at what exactly a house inspector will look for.
These items are just a quick overview of what a home inspector looks at. There is much more that goes into a thorough inspection.
How much does a home inspection cost?
The two most important variables that will impact the cost of a home inspection is where you’re located and the square footage of the home.
A good ballpark cost you can expect to pay is somewhere between $400-900.
In hot seller’s markets many home buyers will waive their home inspection in order to make their offer more attractive to sellers. Unfortunately, doing so can come back to bite you.
Many buyers will discover issues after their purchase when they have not taken advantage of a professional looking over their purchase. When it is a buyer’s market, your real estate agent will have a significant responsibility of negotiating any potential issues that should be addressed.