a home inspection soon after your offer has been
accepted. Many of the states' real estate
contracts allow a limited number of days to complete
a home inspection and request repairs, if needed,
or cancel your contract.
Choose a certified member of the American Society
of Home Inspectors, who has earned credentials for
competence and professionalism. ASHI inspectors
work for you and cannot perform repairs, so their
only motivation is your thorough understanding of
the homes condition and working systems.
Obtain pertinent information for the inspector such
as the age of the house and its appliances, and
copies of warranties and utility bills.
If the home is vacant, confirm that the seller will
have all utilities on during the inspection.
Accompany the inspector during the examination.
This is your opportunity to:
gain knowledge of major systems, appliances
learn maintenance schedules and tips
better understand the items that will be outlined
in the written report
ask questions of the inspector and take notes
Be sure you understand all conditions identified
in the inspection report and that problems have
been resolved to your satisfaction before closing.
Insist that you have a final walk-through prior
to close of escrow to verify that repairs have been
made and that no new problems have surfaced.
If you have further concerns or questions about
the roof or other major systems, please have a specialist
in that area conduct a more extensive examination.
Whats involved in a home inspection?
At the home buyers expense, a home inspector
conducts a visual examination of the home you are
planning to buy. He or she will examine such things
as the roof, pool, structure, exterior, interior,
electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioningusually
spending a few hours at the property. (Normally,
the home inspection is paid for by the buyer, although
sometimes a seller will retain the services of an
inspector before sale negotiations begin.)
a home inspection doesnt guarantee that everything
will remain in good working order or serve as a
home warranty, it will help to inform you whether
or not everything is in good working condition at
the time of the inspection.
to conduct a walk-through prior to close of escrow
to confirm the property is substantially the same
as when you made the offer and any requested repairs
have been completed to your satisfaction.
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