The Home Inspection

By
Real Estate Agent with Perry Wellington Realty
 

The Home Inspection

 
 


A professional home inspection can vary among localities, but, generally, the aim is to discover any problems with the home that might not be readily apparent. Most inspectors check to make sure there are no material defects or problems with the home.

The home inspection identifies any potential problems with a home. Contact a Real Estate Lawyer if you have any questions on the home inspection process and liability.

Inspectors check to make sure there are no material defects or problems with:

  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Heating
  • Air-conditioning systems
  • Termites
  • Roof
  • Basement seepage
  • Radon concentrations
  • Lead paint
  • Environmental hazards

A professional inspector should not be an alarmist. The idea is to point out problems without exaggerating defects. It’s a good idea for the buyer to accompany the inspector during the inspection. In this way, the buyer is able to ask questions and to get an idea of the cost of any repairs that are necessary or advisable. Further, the inspector also may suggest ways to better insulate the home or offer maintenance suggestions that can prolong the life of operating systems such as heating and air conditioning.

Most buyers do not want to pay for an inspection until they have settled on other terms with the seller. To do this, the buyer often uses an inspection rider to provide that the offer to buy is contingent on a favorable inspection of the home. It is unethical for home inspectors who are contractors or architects (as many are) to angle for contracts to do the corrective work on defects they find.

The home inspection identifies any potential problems with a home. Contact a Real Estate Lawyer if you have any questions on the home inspection process and liability.

 

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Comments (3)

Brian Bender
Perry Wellington Realty - Altoona, PA
Your 24 Hour Realtor
would love feed backs on horror stories and educational stories on home inspections.!!thanks....
Feb 11, 2008 08:13 AM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029
Brian. I do not understand the hyperlink to a real estate lawyer page. You want horror stories? I can give you several. I make every attempt to do a photo of the day in my posts. Some of these are funny, but horrifying nonetheless. I just came from a 28 year old property where the owner just loved to tinker with electricity. I was amazed that the house did not burn down! I am a former electrical engineer and it is amazing what people do with electricity - the one thing that can kill them in a heart beat - or as I said, burn their house down.
Feb 11, 2008 08:20 AM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection
Brian - The home inspection is a very important part of the process and my advice to buyers never to skip it.
Feb 11, 2008 08:07 PM