Home Inspections- What to Expect...
So you made an offer, it was accepted, and now your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. More often than not, your agent may have made your offer contingent on a clean home inspection. This contingency allows you to renegotiate the price paid for the home, ask the sellers to cover repairs, or even, in some cases, walk away. Your agent can advise you on the best course of action once the report is filed.
How to Choose an Inspector
Your agent will most likely have a short list of inspectors that they have worked with in the past that they can recommend to you. Realtor.com suggests that you consider the following 5 areas when choosing the right home inspector for you:
Qualifications – find out what’s included in your inspection & if the age or location of your home may warrant specific certifications or specialties.
Sample Reports – ask for a sample inspection report so you can review how thoroughly they will be inspecting your dream home. The more detailed the report, the better in most cases.
References – do your homework – ask for phone numbers and names of past clients that you can call to ask about their experience.
Memberships – Not all inspectors belong to a national or state association of home inspectors, and membership in one of these groups should not be the only way to evaluate your choice. Membership in one of these organizations often means that there is continued training and education provided.
Errors & Omission Insurance – Find out what the liability of the inspector or inspection company is once the inspection is over. The inspector is only human after all, and it is possible that they might miss something they should have seen.
Ask your inspector if it’s okay for you to tag along during the inspection, that way they can point out anything that should be addressed or fixed. Don’t be surprised to see your inspector climbing on the roof, crawling around in the attic, and on the floors. The job of the inspector is to protect your investment and find any issues with the home, including but not limited to: the roof, plumbing, electrical components, appliances, heating & air conditioning systems, ventilation, windows, the fireplace & chimney, the foundation and so much more!
One last thought I will leave you with is to make sure when choosing an inspector that he or she doesn't mind talking to you. An inspection is not just about a report on a piece of paper but also what the inspecting professional thinks. Sometimes just talking inspection points through will help you determine if any action should be taken. Brewer Realty Group recommends inspectors who truly understand the people side of things and not to treat their clients like a file or piece of paper.
Longwood and the surrounding communities of Lake Mary, Casselberry, Altamonte Springs, Winter Springs and Winter Park all have a large selection of inspectors. Make sure they are competing for your business just like your real estate professional. Brewer Realty Group has a list of recommended and licensed inspection services. Call me any time for the free list.