What is a Pre-purchase Home Inspection?
This is a must for new and old homes alike. The inspection process usually takes two to three hours, during which time the house is examined from the ground up and will determine the condition of the plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical systems. The structure will also be examined to assure it is sound and to determine the condition of the roof, siding, windows and doors as well as the safety features of the home. The lot should be graded away from the home so that water does not drain toward the home. The interior of the home is also thoroughly examined for maintenance or cosmetic issues.
Pictures are taken of any deficiencies discovered and are included in the inspection report that is delivered to you via e-mail within 24 hours of the completion of the inspection. Most buyers prefer to pay for these inspections so that the inspector is working for them, not the seller. Don’t let minor deferred maintenance issues or deficiencies ruin the deal for your dream home.
Keep in mind that no house is perfect and anything & everything can be fixed. The question is – at what cost? You & your Real Estate Agent should discuss discrepancies found and decide if you want or need further negotiations. Your Real Estate Agent is obligated to look out for your best interests.