One of the most important things you will need to do when purchasing a home is schedule your home inspection. Depending upon the contract you are using, you have about 10 days to have the home inspected and request the sellers to make any repairs.
A home inspector performs a visual inspection of the systems and items in the home. It’s best to use an ASHI certified inspector who has been rigorously tested, educated, experienced and follows the ASHI code of ethics.
Depending upon the size of the house and any additional items requiring inspection (such as a pool) the inspection will take a about two hours. The inspector looks at the structural parts of the home like the foundation and roof as well the heating and cooling systems, electrical, and plumbing. In addition they will also inspect walls, floors, doors, ceilings, attics and more.
It’s best if you arrive at when the inspection is almost complete. The inspector will go over his report with you in person and show you his findings. You should also receive a detailed written report after the inspection is complete. The inspector should be very thorough and the report will probably contain a few cosmetic items that can be repaired after you move in. If there are any serious structural concerns you can usually negotiate with the sellers for the repairs or if there are too many you may be able to cancel your contract, check with your attorney or agent for guidance.
The Home Inspector will be able to advise you on the condition of the home you are buying and suggest any future repairs.
Kelly Harden, Realtor
Mihara & Associates