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What to expect in a home inspection

Before closing the deal on an impending home purchase, get a professional expectation done on the property. This will save you from the costs and inconveniences of dealing with undetected defects on the property that could pop up when you least expect them.

Here is a quick guide to the steps and requirements you’ll need to consider during a professional home inspection:

What a professional home inspection covers

Home inspectors do a thorough evaluation of the property, paying close attention to the condition of the following parts of the house:

  • The foundation of the house
  • All structural components of the house (support beams, frames, etc.)
  • Walls, flooring, ceilings, doors, and windows
  • Roofing and insulation
  • Plumbing and electrical systems
  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems
  • Attic or basement, if applicable

The inspector will send you a written report after a few days. This document will describe their findings in detail and make recommendations on necessary repairs and updates on the property. A good report will include checklists and photographs, as well as estimates of the remaining useful life of the property’s existing equipment and systems.

How long does a home inspection take?

A standard home inspection can take anywhere from two to four hours. The duration may vary depending on the size of the house, the inspector’s attention to detail, the number of detected or investigated issues, and how well prepared the property is for the inspector’s access.

Should the homebuyer be present during the home inspection?

In general terms, home inspectors do not mind if the homebuyer tags along during the inspection. This can be a worthwhile opportunity for the aspiring new homeowner to learn more about the property they’re buying.

However, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, an extra measure of care and consideration should be taken. Ask your inspector first if they will allow you to join them during the inspection at this time.

Who pays for the home inspection?

In most home purchases, the homebuyer shoulders the cost of the inspection. This process can cost anywhere from $300 to $500, depending on your area and the inspection company that you’ll choose to hire.

When considering the cost of your pre-purchase home inspection, remember that you always get what you pay for. The most affordable inspector might not be the best choice if you want the best quality of service for your inspection.

What should you do if the inspection reveals more problems than you expected?

If the home inspection reveals little more than minor wear-and-tear issues, you can proceed with your purchase. However, if the home inspection uncovers major structural issues, as well as health and safety hazards, renegotiate with the buyer. You may get a lower price for the property if you’re willing to take it in its current condition, or you can have the seller cover the necessary repairs and replacements before you close the deal.

If you’re looking for the best homes for sale in Carmel, IN, contact Keith Albrecht and his team for the latest and best options available today. Call 317.590.7878 or send an email to keith(at)keithshomes(dotted)com for your inquiries.