Home inspections play a critical role in home buying and can be a valuable negotiating tool. A real estate home inspection helps identify expensive and potentially dangerous issues before purchasing a property. But home inspectors are only human, and they may not catch everything.
Asking for referrals can help you get a list of experienced inspectors. Then, research an inspector’s reviews and verify their credentials. Finally, call and interview a handful of qualified inspectors to help make your decision.
Most buyers prefer to attend the inspection with their Realtor®. To ensure nothing is missed, walk the property after the inspector has gone through the house, asking questions as we go. Once the inspection is done and you receive the report, you and your agent can decide on the next steps.
The inspector must go everywhere on the property to assess a home’s condition. Confirm the seller will have the yard and doorways clear – that way, the inspector can evaluate the house from top to bottom.
Once you receive the full report, carefully go through it. Call the inspector for clarification if there are concerns or you’re confused. Though it’s not standard, you can also request a re-inspection.
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