You can’t know what kind of problems a home can have at first glance. As a home buyer, doing a home inspection is KEY and could save you lots of potential hassle in your transaction. Keep in mind that the goal of a home inspection is to uncover issues that may impact you in the future. Some buyers stray away due to cost or simply take the seller’s word for the property condition. I encourage you to always initiate your own home inspection report. The reality is that purchasing a home is a big deal, so let’s treat it as such—and that’s where a home inspector comes in!

Keep these factors in mind when it’s time for your home inspection:

1. Be prepared to schedule your home inspection ASAP!
As soon as you’re under contract, you’ll want to schedule a home inspection. This allows adequate time for any additional inspections that may be needed as well as negotiations with the seller. Expect about a 2-4 hour time block for this inspection to take place.  With that in mind, the written report may take a couple of days.

2. All of the critical foundations and systems of the property will be analyzed. 
Expect to have the home foundation, structural components, roof, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems inspected. The inspector will also be checking that all major appliances are functioning. They’ll look around the attic and basement or crawlspace to assess any potential issues as well. Keep in mind, it’s the inspector’s job to remain neutral. They will never give you an opinion on their findings—instead, they will provide a written report once everything is evaluated. It’s then your responsibility to analyze the results.

3. Get involved with the inspection.
Attend the inspection. You want to make sure you know the ins-and-outs of what you’re getting involved with. This allows you to explore the home in greater detail and get more information firsthand rather than reading the report afterward.

4. Plan to pay the home inspection cost.
Anticipate hiring your home inspector and fronting the home inspection cost. Typically, the buyer takes on this cost. Even if the seller can offer their own home inspection report, it’s better to be proactive as a buyer and run your own home inspection report. In general, home inspections run anywhere from $250-$600. Again, this depends on the size and location of the home.

At the end of the day, home inspections are meant to protect all parties involved. It’s always good to get a thorough examination of a property before putting yourself on the title. A quality home inspection report should always include an extensive checklist and summary of all the major systems within the property.

To recap, you should expect the following to be examined in a home inspection report:
-The structural components of the property
-The electrical systems
-The roof
-The property foundation

You can also expect photographs and any recommendations for repairs or replacements needed.

Keep in mind that the home buying process should continue as normal even if there are minor problems mentioned on your home inspection report. Typically, you can address minor issues with the seller or seller’s Realtor to get them resolved right away. When it comes to more serious issues, you may have to look into additional inspections or negotiating the current sale price of the home. Either way – that’s what your Realtor is for! To help guide and facilitate the process.

If you’re looking to buy in the near future and want more guidance on the home inspections process, connect with me! I’d be happy to help ensure that you have a smooth transaction.