Home Inspection: It’s an Important Step for Home Buyers
Kevin Hill REALTOR®, Luxury & Waterfront Specialist is here to guide you with the very important decision of purchasing property.
Navigating a home inspection when buying a house in 2024 is a crucial step to ensure you’re making a sound investment.
Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to approach this process with confidence.
Schedule your home inspection early in the process of finding a home you are serious about. Once the seller accepts your offer and you’re in the due diligence period, order a home inspection promptly. Be sure to find a qualified home inspector.
Always choose an independent home inspector to avoid any potential conflicts of interest. Research local inspectors while house hunting to find a reputable one.
Always look for certified inspectors from organizations like the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) or the National Association of Home Inspectors (NACHI).
You must understand the scope of a home inspection. A home inspector examines various aspects of the property, including the structure, systems, and safety features.
While the list is extensive, some key areas include the property grounds. Be sure the inspector checks for water issues, grading, downspouts, or the drain gutters of the house’s exterior. They should also Inspect siding, windows, doors, and roofing. Within the interior of the home or building, the inspector should check the floors, walls, ceilings, electrical outlets, and light switches to start.
A seasoned inspector will also check the different systems by evaluating plumbing, HVAC, and other mechanical systems, further checking for any safety hazards by looking for mold, improper wiring, and other potential risks.
It’s essential to be present during a home inspection. Being in attendance, you can ask questions and gain insights directly from the inspector. Be sure to follow them from room to room or by area to observe their findings and clarify any doubts or concerns.
Consider additional inspections or second opinions if you feel an adequate job was not provided. While a standard home inspection covers major components, consider specialized inspections for specific concerns.
The inspector may find environmental hazards like mold, asbestos, radon testing, or structural issues. Soil and land stability, foundation, and sewage tank inspections also uncover potential concerns.
If concerns arise, you have options when negotiating with the “Seller.” You may request the “Seller” handle repairs before closing or negotiate appropriate solutions.
Of course, If the issues are significant, you can always back out without losing your deposit.
Don’t skip new construction inspections either; always hire an inspector to catch loose ends or unconnected systems.
It is important to know that your county or municipal inspectors focus on code compliance. In contrast, a home inspector provides an additional layer of scrutiny that works to the buyers’ advantage.
Lastly, always budget for repairs and understand the potential repair costs based on the inspection report. Be sure to prioritize critical repairs and always plan for ongoing maintenance.
Remember, a home inspection is your safety net and ensures you’re making an informed decision while protecting you from unexpected expenses. So, invest the time and effort—it’s well worth the time.
With more than 39 years of real estate knowledge, an expansive list of referral businesses, and happy clientele, Kevin R. Hill of RE/MAX is committed to assisting clients in every facet of the home selling or buying experience, from first-time home buyers to seasoned long-term investors. Ms. Hill has sold millions of dollars in real estate during her three decades of real estate service and, in 2019, was honored with the prestigious “RE/MAX Circle of Legends award,” granted to professionals with more than ten years of service and $10 million in commissions.