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2017-01-17 14:43:43
2 Things to Know about Home Inspections

While a home inspection report is vital before purchasing an older home, experts agree that even newer homes should be checked.Not only will the report help you learn about repairs that should be made immediately, it’s a handy reference guide to keep on-hand throughout the time you live in the home.

Because there are so many aspects to a professional home inspection, many first-time home buyers know little about the process. We’ve chosen two aspects that we find most of our buyers don’t know a thing about.

1. Report Format

Professional home inspectors use different formats when detailing information about the house. All reports, however, should contain several common features:

  • A description, in detail, of the condition of the home’s major systems.
  • A list of items that require immediate repair.
  • A list of general maintenance items.
  • Photographs.

Ask inspectors that you interview to supply you with a sample report. Ensure that the above items are included and that the inspector not only lists what’s wrong, but why it’s a problem and what should be done to remedy it.

2. Choosing an Inspector

Choose your home inspector carefully, as any mistakes made will cost you money. At the same time, keep in mind that the home inspector performs a visual survey. He will not tear up walls or floors to look for problems. A professionally trained inspector, however, knows what to look for and can spot warning signs.

The price you pay for a professional home inspection during the home purchase process is worth every cent. Use due diligence and hire the most experienced, professional home inspector in your area and complete your home purchase with confidence.

Where will you find this super-sleuth? Ask everyone you know, especially your real estate agent who should have an excellent home inspector that they have worked with before.

By the way, it’s a good idea to tag along with the inspector only at the end of his inspection but while he is still there at the property. This way you can ask questions while on site, rather than later, after looking at a report. Most inspectors welcome a “ride along” with the potential homeowner and can show you any issues there first hand.

About the author

Sheryl Robinson Gilbert Realtor

Sheryl Robinson is a licensed real estate agent based in Gilbert, Arizona and is the owner and an associate broker of Home Key Realty. Sheryl obtained her license back in 2003 and forged her way through the real estate crisis of 2008 by helping many families short sale their homes to avoid foreclosure. Today she is an active Realtor in her local market helping educate buyers and sellers with their real estate needs.

 
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