Home Inspections Are Important!
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HOW IMPORTANT IS THE HOME INSPECTION?
Almost inevitably, a home buyer’s agent will bring up the subject of home inspection during the
buying process. Some buyers may be inclined to overlook the importance of the home
inspection; there is so much else going at that time that the inspection may just seem like
another task to check off the list. However, a professional home inspection is the perfect
opportunity to gain insight on the condition of the home you are considering – an unbiased
evaluation that can provide much-needed peace of mind at a stressful time. This information
can prove extremely useful and help you avoid unpleasant surprises.
A professional home inspection includes a visual assessment of the home’s systems and
structural components, including heating/cooling, plumbing, electrical, roof, foundation, walls,
chimneys, doors, and windows. Appliance systems as well as heating/cooling and plumbing are
tested to ensure proper operation. This evaluation is then included in the written inspection
report, which should include detailed findings and identification of any potential concerns. The
report should also indicate any recommended repairs based on the inspection results. At that
time, your agent may recommend that the seller complete needed repairs, or if not, that the cost
of doing the repairs be reflected in the selling price.
To get the most out of your home inspection, accompany the home inspector during the
process. This allows you to ask questions on site and get any needed clarification about
potential issues that come up along the way. It’s a great way to get to know the home and locate
key items such as key shutoff valves, the breaker panel and more. Attending the inspection will
also give you a better understanding of any repair recommendations.
The home inspection is truly a key part of a smooth transaction and a confident purchase. Not
only that, the inspection report will serve as a reference for details about the home once the
purchase is complete. They say a little knowledge goes a long way; a lot of knowledge can take you even further.
Article courtesy of Pillar To Post Home Inspection