For Your Protection: Get a Home Inspection
Buying a home can be scary, but one of the most important things a buyer can do to be at ease is a home inspection. In a home inspection, a qualified inspector takes an in-depth, unbiased look at your potential new home. Mark, from USA Home Inspections, said, “Clients should get a home inspection because you never know what you're going to get. Just because its pretty doesn’t mean its safe and functional. Our motto is Inspecting for the Unexpected.”
What is it for?
A home inspection gives the buyer detailed information about the overall condition of the home. There are three objectives in the inspection:
- Evaluate the physical condition: structure, construction, and mechanical systems
- Identify items that need to be repaired or replaced
- Estimate the remaining useful life of the major systems, equipment, structure, and finishes.
What can I expect?
When the inspection is complete you will receive an inspection report. The report details maintenance, repairs, and replacement issues with the property. In this market you can expect an inspection to take about 2-5 hours, and expect charges of $200-$500 depending on size. In addition to the home inspection, Team Reyes suggests that you also do a WDO (Wood Destroying Organisms) inspection. For an additional charge, other inspections that can be requested are mold, wind mitigation, air quality, and 4 point inspection.
Do I have to go?
We advise you to be present during the inspection so you can ask questions. The inspector can point out areas of potential trouble and may offer maintenance tips. It is your responsibility to be an informed buyer and do your due diligence when purchasing a property. You have the right to carefully examine your potential new home with a qualified home inspector. It is important to note that the inspection is for the buyer only and is meant to be as an FYI on items needing attention. On most contracts, the seller is in no way responsible or required to make any concessions or repairs to the property. We can use the inspection to negotiate terms and/or concessions. Please talk to us for more details on this.
Where do I find an Inspector?
To hire an inspector, get recommendations from your Realtor or from others who have used them, or go to www.fabi.org. Be sure to ask about references, memberships in professional associations, professional training, and experience. We trust you will make the best decision for you and your purchase. When working with Team Reyes, we will recommend Inspectors that past clients have highly recommended.