Are you wondering if it’s worth the investment to pay for a home inspection when you are looking at a home to buy? After all, it's not required by the lender. So, is it really that important?
Home inspections are valuable tools for both buyers and sellers. It will let the buyer know the overall condition of the home. And, it gives the seller the same knowledge, so they can get the best price for their home.
Professional home inspections will validate the overall integrity of a home. While the home inspector may not find every issue that could be present, a basic inspection will cover the most important aspects of the home.
Common Questions and Answers About Home Inspections
What is Involved in an Inspection?
A home inspector is getting as much knowledge as possible involving the six major areas of the home, all of which can either cause damage to the home if there are issues or be very expensive to repair or replace.
The inspector will also be looking at any alterations or changes to the home since the last inspection was performed, making certain that the work was done to code with the proper licensing requirements fulfilled.
Are There Other Times When a Home Inspections are Beneficial?
Home inspections typically come into play during the selling process of a home, but they can be useful for other reasons.
Can I Get a More Detailed Inspection?
While the inspection will give you a good idea about the overall condition of the home, there could be some other aspects that you would like more information on. You can usually coordinate any other inspections with the basic home inspection.
Should I Pay for an Inspection if the Seller Already Had One Performed?
In a perfect world, we could trust everyone. But, that's just not the case. It's always a good to have your own inspection done. And, if your information doesn't match the sellers, that would be a red flag for other potential trust issues with the home.
Should I Be with the Inspector?
If possible, it's a great idea to tag along. You will get to see firsthand exactly what the inspector is looking at. And, if there are any issues, you'll be able to see the scope of the problem. If you aren't able to participate in the inspection, the home inspector will be taking pictures to validate their report. But, there is nothing like seeing everything for yourself.
What if the Inspection Report Shows Negative Issues?
Of course, you're hoping that the inspector doesn't find any major issues. But, if problems are found, depending on how severe they are, they will probably affect the final selling price of the home. Or, the seller could pay for any needed repairs. That's the beauty of investing in a professional home inspection. There won't be any surprises after the closing.
If the Report Shows Issues, Can I Get Out of the Sale?
Typically, that's the point of having the inspection done in the first place, and most contracts will take this into consideration. If problems are found during the inspection, buyers and sellers can sometimes renegotiate the terms of the contract. But, the contract should be able to be cancelled if they aren't able to agree on the terms.
What Will I Pay for an Inspection?
It all depends on the size of the home. The average cost would be around $425.00, a little less for a smaller home and a little more for a larger one. Any additional, more detailed inspections usually won't cost more than a couple hundred dollars.
Are Home Inspectors Licensed?
Most states have stringent requirements for licensing home inspectors. Your homeowner’s insurance company or your real estate agent can usually give you the best advice for finding a qualified inspector.
Are Home Inspections Required for Homeowners Insurance?
More and more insurance companies are requiring home inspections before issuing homeowners insurance policies. So, even though you won't need an inspection to secure a mortgage, you could need one for insurance. And, you will need homeowners insurance to be approved for the mortgage.
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