The Importance of Home Inspections

By
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarland

 

What is a Home Inspection?

There are numerous types of property inspections. An inspection is meant to evaluate, at minimum, the structural and mechanical condition of a property. It is not the same as an appraisal which evaluates the market value of a property. Talk with your agent about the types of inspections available.

 

When purchasing a home, it is highly recommended that you get a Structural and Pest Control inspections. Even if you are purchasing the home “AS IS,” it is still recommended to have an inspection.


If there is a swimming pool and/or well and septic you will want to have these items inspected. These reports will give you good insight of what you're buying. Once the inspections are complete you could negotiate the seller to make repairs or give you an allowance to fix some items after closing. If a professional home inspector states that certain repairs need to be made, the seller is more likely to agree to make them if you have a report. If the seller agrees to make repairs, you could have the inspector verify the completed work prior to closing. At the very least you would need to get paid invoice for the work complete and need to do a final walk thru to check the items before closing.  Do not assume that everything will be done as promised. When it comes to selling a home the sellers are very busy too and may forget an item.


Here is a checklist to help you navigate the home inspection.

 

Finding a qualified Inspector

·         Referrals from satisfied customers

·         Referral from a local Realtors or Mortgage Company

·         Yellow Pages under "Building Inspection Services"


What the inspection, at minimum, includes
Every inspection should include, but not be limited to, an evaluation of at least the following:Home inspector

·         Foundation

·         Grading and Draining around the structure

·         Roof Structure and Attic

·         Walls (Interior & Exterior)

·         Ceilings & Flooring

·         Doors (Interior & Exterior)

·         Windows

·         Stairways

·         Fireplace/Chimney

·         Wood around the exterior

·         Plumbing and Electrical systems

·         Doors

·         Ceiling, walls and floors

·         Roof

·         Hazardous materials concerns

·         Heating and Air conditioning systems

·         Insulation and Air Ducts

·         Hot Water Heater

·         Whirlpool Tub (if applicable)

·         Dishwasher

·         Food Disposer

·         Range Exhaust

·         Oven and Range

·         Microwave

·         Garage Door Opener

·         Door Bell

·         Dryer Vent

·         Sprinkler System (if applicable)

·         Swimming Pool & Equipment

·         Built-In Outdoor cooking Equipment

·         Gas Supply System

·         Private Water Well & Septic (if applicable)

·         Termite Inspection also recommended

 


 

 

 


 


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I always tell buyers to choose their home inspector before finding a property!!  The home inspection is a buyer last defense in finding a safe and sound home.  Don't price shop a home inspector either.... With median house prices over 300K in my area whats an extra 100 or 150 dollars spent on the best of the best.

October 05, 2011 11:34 AM
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Thank you Michael

You are welcome Tom.  I agree about the confusion.  All good reasons why the inspectors and we as Realtors will need to educate the home buyers.

I could not agree more Rob. 

You are welcome Mike.  I am glad you liked the post. 

Very true Richie!

Hi cathy;  I recently had a buyer that was purchasing a property “AS IS” and really did not want to do inspections prior to closing.  After much persuasion they did have the inspection.  When it was over they were very happy they went thru with the inspection before closing.  The home had some electrical issues that need to be addressed as soon as possible to prevent a fire. I agree with you about “All homes have problems, but are they problems that require attention?” Not always but, it does give the buyer awareness. 

 I agree Angel about the inspector being honest and having an excellent track record.

Very true Bill although some builders may disagree.  I hear from them “there has been inspections done thru the entire process of building.” Also, that the home will be under warranty”  With that being said when my buyers have had the inspection on a new home prior to closing they are happy to find out any potential problems that can b fixed prior to them closing.

Thank you for the Great advice Kevin.  This is something that I have not done in the past.  I usually wait until the buyer is ready to submit an offer.  But, will take your advice and implement this in the future.

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October 05, 2011 12:51 PM
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Jill Kipnis
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Maggie, a pre-inspection is also a great idea for sellers as well. This arms them with more information about what needs to be disclosed, and prevents any surprises when the buyer gets an inspection on the property.

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Thank you Jill for sharing the link to the video.  Great information!

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We follow these ideas as well, we had a new home where the builder had used cracked trusses one time. Their side said it was a none issue but it was for the buyer.

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