Whether you're buying or selling a home, the home inspection is an important part of the process. While no house is perfect, the trained eye of a licensed home inspector can identify key problem areas.
We've included a handy-dandy Home Inspection Checklist to guide you through the process. Sellers can use the guide as a punch list of items that might come up during the inspection, and buyers can familiarize themselves with terms and issues the inspector might point out.
What To Expect During The Inspection
A home inspector works for the buyer, not for the seller. Their inspection service is limited to making the buyer aware of the current condition of the property, problems that should be addressed before closing and any projects to be handled after the keys exchange hands.
On inspection day, the session can last anywhere from 2 to 4 hours, depending on the size of the home. In most cases, the buyer, the real estate agent and the inspector will all be present during the examination, though there are some exceptions.
During this time, the buyer will follow the inspector through each part of the home as they point out key findings. Consider bringing a notebook and pen to take notes, and use your phone to take photos for your own reference. A few days later, the inspector will provide an extensive report citing any issues or potential problems they observed.
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Don't panic! Both the buyer and seller might be surprised by what is noted on the 20+ page report from the inspector. Most issues can be easily resolved or negotiated at this point so don't worry... And remember, Team Hilbert is here to help! Download the guide and get started on your home journey TODAY!