If you’re about to hire a home inspector here are some important things you should know. First, home inspections are intended to point out adverse conditions, not cosmetic flaws.
An inspector will point out conditions that need repair and/or potential safety-related concerns. They won’t comment on cosmetic items.
A home inspection report is a basic report. The inspector considers hundreds of items during an average inspection on both the inside and outside of the house. But if they see something that demands a more in-depth inspection, they will recommend that you enlist the services of an expert in that area.
Home inspectors work to a strict code of ethics and can lose their license if they do otherwise. A reputable home inspector will not conduct a home inspection if his or her fee is contingent on untruthful conclusions. Once an inspection is rendered, any failure in the systems or integrity of the home must be disclosed to all parties to the transaction.
Inspectors are not responsible for the condition of the home. Inspectors don’t go behind walls or under flooring, so if you buy a home where an expensive problem surfaces after the sale, you won’t be able to make the inspector liable.
As a buyer, you need the home inspection to decide if the home is in condition that you can tolerate. You can use the report to show the seller the need for a certain repair or negotiate a better price. You can also take the report to a contractor and use it to make repairs or to remodel a section of the home.
One thing you should not do when buying a home is skip having the home inspected. A home inspection is relatively cheap and could save you big money in the long run. It’s also required by many lenders, particularly for FHA loans. A home inspection gives you valuable information needed to make a sound buying decision.
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