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Home Inspection 101: Part 1

A home inspection is a necessary step in every residential real estate transaction. While many potential home buyers and sellers have heard the term before, most do not have an understanding of what the inspection actually includes. Today’s post is dedicated to demystifying the process so that you will know what to expect and how to manage the results. Let’s get started!

1.) What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house. It is usually performed for the buyer of a property; more recently there has been an increase in sellers opting to have their home inspected before listing it. This allows sellers to perform repairs and eliminate the occurrence of any issues right before closing.

2.) What Does an Inspection Report Include?

First, it is important to understand that not all inspectors or inspections are the same. However, an inspection report will typically cover the condition of the home’s heating system, central air conditioning system, interior plumbing and electrical systems, the roof, attic and visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors, the foundation, basement and structural components. 

3.) Who Can Attend an Inspection?

Buyers and agents are both encouraged and welcome to attend the inspection. While being present during the inspection grants you the opportunity to ask the inspector questions, it is best to voice any concerns and prior knowledge of problem areas to the inspector before the actual inspection. If you would like to attend the inspection but are unable to, do not worry. A written report with photographs is usually sent to the buyer and the agent in digital form.

Unless it is a pre-listing inspection, it is not recommended for the seller to attend the inspection. This is not to offend anyone but rather to prevent any complications. As a seller, giving input at the inspection might be viewed as a disclosure which could create legal issues. The seller may also take offense to comments made about the condition of the home and so it is best to prevent this from happening.

During the Home Inspection process, it is easy to feel left in the dark. As a home buyer or seller, having at least a general knowledge of the inspection process can help you to feel at ease. Next, we will uncover what areas of the home are actually inspected and how to select a home inspector. 

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