What Is The Purpose Of A Home Inspection And Do You Need One In Orange County CA?

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This is a blog from Gina in Orange County, Ca. that applies to every person serious about making a home purchase.  She explains clearly the importance of a home inspection and what  clients should expect for when they receive a written inspection of the residence they plan on purchasing.

Original content by Momentum Realty BRE# 01277795

Home Inspections Are An Important Part Of The Home Buying Process In Orange County, California

When buying a home in Orange County, California, a home inspection is not mandatory. However, it is advisable that you hire a licensed home inspector to conduct a thorough inspection of the property. Considering that your home is probably the most expensive purchase that you'll ever make, it is money well spent, to ensure that you're buying a solid home.

A basic home inspection report will provide you with details regarding the following major features of the property, and will indicate if repairs are recommended or necessary:Magnifying Glass Inspecting A Home

  • Foundation
  • Structure
  • Roof
  • Attic
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Air Conditioning (if applicable)
  • Heating (if applicable)
  • Appliances

FAQs, regarding home inspections in Orange County, California:

Q: Should I attend the home inspection?

A: Yes, we advise that you are present at the home inspection, so that you can ask questions, gather pertinent information, and understand what was reviewed by the inspector.

Q: What if the home inspection indicates that there are problems with the property?

A: The final decision to purchase the home, is ultimately up to you. The home inspector simply acts as a neutral third party, and reports on his findings.

As your Orange County, California realtor, we will review the findings with you, and discuss your options, if there are issues listed in the home inspection report.

Q: What are my options, if there are items of concern listed in the home inspection report?

A: If you wish to move forward with the transaction, we will discuss the option of asking the seller to complete any necessary repairs prior to the close of escrow, or to provide you with a credit at the close of escrow, so that you may complete the repairs after the fact.

Alternatively, if the damages or defects are not acceptable to you, you cannot afford to make the repairs, and/or the seller refuses to make the repairs or provide you with a credit, you have the option to cancel the sale, and withdraw your contract, when buying a home in Orange County, California.

Q: Is a home inspection the same thing as a termite inspection?

A: No. A termite inspection simply reveals and reports the presence of termites in and around the home and attached structures, and any resulting damage. The termite report will indicate what areas, if any, will require treatment or repair, and if the infestation is severe or wide spread, the home may require tenting.

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Vince Chinell
VICO Home Inspection
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Comments (11)

Erv Fleishman
Realty Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Luxury Prop Specialist Realty Associates

The terms of the contract give the options that occur after a home inspection. They can be far more complicated then described. Or, thumbs up or down. Depends of the contract.

Feb 10, 2012 01:58 PM
Momentum Realty
North Orange County CA Real Estate Specialists - Yorba Linda, CA
Orange County CA Real Estate Agent

Hi Vince~ Thanks for the reblog! Erv is absolutely correct in his comments above. I was really just trying to give a simplified version of what a home inspection entailed and a buyers options, however, I should add in something about the ifs, ands or buts that may be written into a purchase agreement ; ) 

Thx again & have a great weekend!

Gina Lemos

Feb 10, 2012 02:43 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

A home inspection is so important and this post explains why...I just had a listing client do a pre-list inspection - we'll know what to deal with before we put it on the market. Hope you're having a good weekend Vince.

Feb 12, 2012 09:41 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Excellent choice for a re-blog.  We advise every home buyer to obtain a professional home inspection.

Have a most productive week.

Feb 12, 2012 10:11 AM
Vince Chinell
VICO Home Inspection - Branson, MO

Thanks for your comments on this re-blog from Gina.  Deb has one of the best ideas dealing with a pre-list inspection.  This type of inspection is invaluable when it comes to selling a house.  Some buyers don't want to pay the inspection fee on their own home but it saves so much time and confusion prior to closing.

Feb 13, 2012 01:57 AM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Vince, I always seem to get the question from clients especially on new construction if they really need a home inspection...I tell them it's so important that if they decide to waive that right I require that they sign a letter stating against the advice of their Realtor they waive the right to a home inspection.  Great re-blog.

Feb 22, 2012 12:12 PM
Vince Chinell
VICO Home Inspection - Branson, MO

Nick,  I think people think because a home is new that surely someone inspected it.  NOT the case at all!  You are doing the absolute best thing to at least make them sign for their very possible big mistake.  Even if no major items are found it seems to me that anyone would pay the small amount (when compared to the home) for the satisfaction that someone actually looked at all of the operational aspects of the home before they committed their hard earned money for the purchase.

Feb 23, 2012 01:29 AM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Vince, although builders my argue that a new home doesn't need a home inspection...that couldn't be farther from the truth.  I've seen big problems in new homes from quality builders that wouldn't have been caught without a home inspection.  Not too long ago I represented the buyers in a home under five years old...my home inspector found all the cross braces between the floor joists in the crawl space had been nailed at the top, but hanging loose at the bottom!!!!  How did that even pass a city inspection???  The home and neighborhood are considered upscale.

Mar 13, 2012 12:37 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Have a very special Memorial Day and an outstanding week.

May 28, 2012 12:30 AM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
Vince, just had to talk a lady into a home inspection on a new home...she wasn't going to get one, but I persisted and now she's getting one and she feels she finally made the right decision.
Jun 01, 2012 02:25 PM

Thanks for your hard work!  She will thank you too for the piece of mind and the knowledge that her "new" home was inspected.  I hope nothing serious is found but you never know for sure until someone actually looks.  So many people assume that everything in a new home has been inspected by someone already.  Not always the case.  And if it was inspected by someone did they have the same desire to complete a home inspection as we do for our customers?  

Jun 01, 2012 10:08 PM