Buyers tip of the week in Gainesville Florida!!


   12 Home Inspection Tips

What is a Home Inspection?

The buyer of a house, new or old, can pay an independent inspector to assess the overall condition of the home. The inspector should be certified and provide a report of the condition shortly after the conclusion of the inspection.

Reasons You Need a Home Inspection

It seems obvious to get a home inspection, but  many people opt out, especially when purchasing a new home. In short, you need to get a home inspection to make sure you’re not walking into a financial disaster. You wouldn’t want to close on your home to later find out it has structural problems that are going to cost you thousands of dollars to fix.

How Much Does a Home Inspection Cost?

Cost of a home inspection depends on the size of the house and will differ by inspector. I think you’ll generally see a home inspection in the range of $250 – $500 which can save you thousands in the long run. There are some add – on services, ( radon,drywall ect.) so make sure you check with your inspector and get a quote before beginning the process.

Include a Home Inspection Contingency in your Sales Contract

Make sure you have a contingency clause built into your sales agreement that states the sale of the home is contingent upon no major issues found in the home inspection. The FAR-BAR sales contract has this clause built into it, even on the as -is sales contract.

Who Pays for the Home Inspection?

The home inspection is the responsibility of the buyer. Again, it’s well worth the money, especially if you’re buying an older home. However, you strongly should consider paying for a home inspection for a new home. Of course, you may love and trust your builder, but they make mistakes too. Keep in mind all new homes are generally insured for a year, but how do you know what to ask to be fixed without a good home inspection?

How to Find a Home Inspector

Typically real estate agents are a good place to start to find a trustworthy inspector. Most Realtor’s have a  list of preferred inspectors. Just ask your agent for their top three picks and you can do your research from there. You can also search on the web, but you may not be getting someone whom your agent is familiar with their work.

Makes Sure You Require Certification

It’s very important you home inspector is certified. Otherwise, they may just be going on their own experience or judgment and not know the proper guidelines and regulations to follow for their state. There are a lot of people with housing experience, but the state certified inspectors are required to look for certain things in the inspection and disclose them to you. Seriously, don’t try to take a short cut on this because you know a friend who supposedly knows about homes.

Hire a Knowledgeable Inspector

While it’s important to hire an inspector who is certified, it also helps to find someone who has some home building, or related experience. Such inspectors are the brightest when it comes to finding issues as well as describing the problems to you in the report.

Watch Out for Conflicts of Interest

Under no circumstance should you hire a home inspector who also has a repair business looking to sale you services. While home inspectors may have remodeling and repair business on the side, the temptation might be to find things that require their repair services. It just doesn’t make good business sense to enter into this type of agreement.

Ask About the Home Inspection Report

A key differentiator for home inspectors today is how they generate their report. Do you want a hand written report that is delivered in a few days? Or, would you rather have an electronic version with images you can view on the web the same day? Generally, it’s the latter, but it’s your preference. Some home inspectors are using home inspection software to offer more conveniences to agents and customers. The software and electronic version of the home inspection report makes the process much smoother for everyone. I also tell my buyers they can use the report as a to do list upon moving in!!

Set Expectations in Regards to Timing

You should have some sort of agreement with your home inspector up-front in regards to when they will visit the home and when their report will be generated. The FAR-BAR contract offers a 15 day inspection period. However this counts Saturday and Sunday when not many inspectors are working. Your Realtor will be mindful of this. Setting such an expectation up-front will insure you have the information you need timely during the already busy process of buying a house.

Home inspections are an essential part of the home buying process. From a financial perspective, it’s well worth the investment and can be a big money saver and avoid many headaches down the road.

As  always enjoy!

Laura A Goldberg ABR,GRI,SFR,BPOR, SRES, E-pro                                  abr1

Classic Properties Realty

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