home inspection: Home Buying Tips: Additional Inspections, Reports, and Requests - 11/06/16 09:49 PM
Be aware that a rural property will not have standard public utilities, but instead it may have a septic tank, a water well, solar panels, wind turbines, a satellite dish, and a propane tank for fuel.  Be prepared to ask for (and pay for) an inspection of each item.
If it’s a brand new house, or a newer building, ask the seller for blueprints, floor plans, building specifications, architectural, structural, and mechanical plans.  Older houses probably won’t have that available, but when there have been add-ons, you should ask for remodeling plans and copies of permits.
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home inspection: Order A Home Inspection And Other Reports - 10/28/16 12:50 PM
This is a very important part of the home buying process.  You will need to order a home inspection and other reports.  Based on the results of the home inspection, the report may recommend that you conduct other inspections, such as a roof inspection, the foundation inspection, a plumbing inspection, or electrical inspection.  Here in California, we also request a pest control report to determine if there is termite damage in the home. 
You can select any licensed vendor of your choosing.  However, it is a good idea to ask your REALTOR® for names of home inspectors who have conducted good inspections … (3 comments)

home inspection: Tips on Ordering Home Inspections - 06/08/16 10:40 AM
A physical structural inspection is a critical part of your home purchase. Here is what you need to know about ordering a home inspection:
Your REALTOR® will help you order a home inspection and schedule it There may be other reports you need also The reports must be completed within the inspection timeframe required by your offer Review the results of these inspections with your REALTOR® If you want the seller to repair anything, you must ask for it in writing before your contingency period expires Read more in our book, "Buy Your First Home", http://tinyurl.com/nrvmgc7.
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home inspection: The Problem With Post-Offer Home Inspections - 04/12/16 07:29 PM
The challenge is that most sellers do not perform home inspections when they first list their house for sale.  Therefore, the inspection is not completed until AFTER you and the seller have agreed on the final price and terms.  After that, you receive the results of the home inspection, and notice things that you want fixed.  Then you will request that the seller fix certain items at his expense.
That’s why it is so important to perform the home inspection as soon as possible, before your contingency period has elapsed, and before you sign off on the final contract by satisfying (or … (3 comments)

home inspection: Hiring a Quality Home Inspector - 03/10/16 04:58 PM
Would you ever buy a used car without having your mechanic inspect it, test it, and check it out completely?  No, you would get it inspected by your trusted mechanic, because you want to ensure that your car is in good condition before you pay for it and drive it off the car lot.
Well, your house is an even bigger investment than a car, is it not? Naturally, before you commit to a purchase that is hundreds of thousands of dollars, you want to know your new home's structural condition.
Your REALTOR® will recommend ordering a professional home inspection from a reputable company. … (2 comments)

home inspection: Review the Inspection Results with your REALTOR® - 07/05/14 12:38 AM
Since you went to the home inspection and met the home inspector, you already know what to expect on the report.  If you could not attend the home inspection, your REALTOR® can give you a summary of what the inspector found.  Most home inspection reports are completed within 2 days after the inspection, and the report will be emailed to you.
When you receive the report, read it, and write down your concerns.  Your home inspector should have given thorough explanations and taken plenty of pictures so you can easily understand the report.  Ask your real estate advisor or the home inspector … (5 comments)

home inspection: Don't Skip the Home Inspections! - 07/01/14 12:05 PM
If you’re crunched for time, you may be tempted to take a short cut and NOT order an inspection. Always get an inspection by a quality home inspector, even if your prospective home is brand new! Why? Because all homes have issues, and no house is built perfectly. Mike Holmes in his book, “The Holmes Inspection” reveals why brand new houses may have defects.
And be sure to check the credentials, experience, and knowledge of your inspector. Remember that if you get your uncle, who’s a building contractor, to take a look, he’s not properly trained in all the aspects needed … (0 comments)

 
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