All About Home Inspections

Posted by on Friday, July 8th, 2011 at 1:17pm.

Home InspectionWhen purchasing a home, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the entire process. Not only do you have to find a qualified real estate agent to assist with the process, but you will also need to work with a number of other professionals throughout the purchasing process.

One of these experts is the home inspector. In order to ensure you get the most out of your home inspection, however, it is important to learn more about the process and how it might affect your home purchase.

What is a Home Inspection?

As the name implies, a home inspection involves reviewing the condition of the home in order to determine what types of repairs might be necessary. Items that are typically inspected as part of the process include:

- Attic
- Basement
- Ceilings
- Central air conditioning system
- Electrical systems
- Doors
- Floors
- Foundation
- Heating system
- Insulation
- Plumbing
- Roof
- Structure
- Walls
- Windows

Many home inspectors will also allow additional services to be included in the inspection process. Additional tests that might be added to the inspection include radon testing, mold testing and water testing. Don't be worried if you're home doesn't receive all of these tests as they are often regional in inclusion. For example, homes in Atlanta may not require the same tests as Bethesda real estate, simply because of the prevalence of different problems in different regions.

Why Should I Get a Home Inspection?

While a home inspection does not serve as a guarantee that you won't encounter problems with your home, it does provide you with an effective bargaining chip when negotiating the purchase. If there are problems with the home, for example, you might insist upon having those problems corrected before you will finalize the deal. Or, you might negotiate a lower price in response to the problems the home inspector found.

In addition to having a bargaining chip, getting your home inspected will also help to protect your safety. While home inspectors do not check whether or not the home and its systems meet local building codes, they will report any safety concerns they find during the inspection. With this information, you can take the steps necessary to make your home safe before you move in.

Do I Have to Attend the Home Inspection?

While you do not have to attend the home inspection, it can be helpful to be present while the inspector does his or her job. This way, the inspector can explain the problems he or she encounters and can answer any questions you might have. Even if no problems are encountered, attending the inspection can help you become more familiar with your future home.

Will the Home Inspector Offer a Warranty?

In some cases, home inspectors offer 90 day warranties that cover certain items. It is important to note that these warranties are less comprehensive than those that are sometimes presented by real estate agents. Therefore, if you are interested in obtaining a warranty, it is important to explore all of your options to ensure you are getting the warranty that best suits your needs.

About The Author - Kevin Koitz is a Washington DC native and specializes in Georgetown real estate.

9 Responses to "All About Home Inspections"

Rich Cederberg wrote: We rarely have radon or mold inspections performed in Albuquerque, and many of the inspection companies here offer 12 or 14 month warranties, but otherwise it's pretty much the same as in Atlanta. While the warranties aren't comprehensive, it's typical the sellers pay for them here on behalf of the buyer, so buyers usually accept them.

Posted on Sunday, July 10th, 2011 at 8:06am.

James Vasquez wrote: From an agent's perspective, I used to feel an obligation to attend home inspections with my clients. I wanted to help make them feel that I was participating in the process, and to see if there was anything that I could help them with while there. More recently, I've not been attending them, as I don't want my opinions or judgements about the inspectors opinions to get turned around on me down the line. Thanks for the article.

Posted on Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 at 11:22pm.

Frank Roussin wrote: You should also assure you that the house was secured by real estate professional license. Without this protection, the owner can have many problems with insurance.

Posted on Friday, July 15th, 2011 at 4:24pm.

Small Houses wrote: Mold testing in home inspections is big where I'm at and for good reason since I've seen first hand the effects that black mold has on a person's health.

Posted on Monday, July 25th, 2011 at 8:24am.

Salt Lake Homes wrote: This will help you feel secure when own a house in the future. Checking all the necessary flaws inside the house is good. Nioe Article!

Posted on Thursday, July 28th, 2011 at 7:02am.

Susan Horton wrote: I've worked with an inspector for years and after all the problems I've seen him catch, I would say it's a gamble to buy a home without using one of these professionals. They are a valuable part of the buying process.

Posted on Sunday, August 21st, 2011 at 8:41am.

Carmen B wrote: A good home inspector is worth his weight in gold. I find that clients have no reference for what makes a great home inspector and clients generally rely entirely on the realtor to pick the inspector. It is a very important part of our job in protecting our client.

Posted on Sunday, August 21st, 2011 at 9:18pm.

Bill Gassett wrote: I can not think of too many things that are more important in the home buying process than a good home inspector.

Posted on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 at 6:56am.

James Vasquez wrote: I've seen that in my business as well, Carmen B. I'm always asked to provide them with a good inspector. I have a few inspectors that I've come to trust and do great work, so I'll give them a few to choose from.

Posted on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 at 6:56am.

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