Home Inspection Process
You’re so excited! After all the time and effort to get your home ready to put on the market, all the anticipation as each potential buyer views your home, you now have a ratified contract. You’re done, right? Unfortunately, not yet. Your ratified contract will most likely have contingencies on it, including a home inspection contingency. Within a specified period of time (typically 7-10 days from the date the contract was ratified), the buyer will hire a home inspector to inspect your home and then send you an addendum to the contract removing the home inspection contingency. More often than not, this addendum contains a list of items the buyer would like you to address in order for the contingency to be removed.
The home inspection serves many useful purposes from the buyer’s perspective. For many buyers, this is their first home, and a good home inspector is able to explain how the heating system works, indicate where the main water shut off valve is, make maintenance suggestions, etc. The home inspector will inspect things that were not able to be seen when the buyer and their agent went through the house such as the condition of the attic and roof. The home inspector will also inspect the condition of items that the buyer and their agent have no expertise in such as the heating and cooling systems, plumbing, electrical systems, etc.
I always share with my buyers that the home inspection is a time for them to learn how the home they wish to purchase operates, as well as learn things about the home that they would not have learned during the initial house hunting tour.
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Home Inspection Tips
- Find a certified home inspector
- Understand what type of report will be used
- Make sure that the report is very detailed
- Accompany the inspector during the process - Ensure that the findings are explained clearly