Are You Ready For...

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA 92593-B

...the home inspection? You're excited, you've accepted an offer on your home and now comes the home inspection. Home inspections can be viewed as intrusive. You've done your best to keep the property up and now someone is going to come in looking for defects. Personally, I like home inspections while it's raining if I'm the buyer's agent. If I'm the seller's agent I hope for good weather...lol. The folks at KCM provide good information on the subject of what you should...

 

Know What To Expect At Your Home Inspection

So you made an offer and it was accepted. Now, your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. Agents oftentimes make your offer contingent on a clean home inspection.

This contingency allows you to renegotiate the price you paid for the home, ask the sellers to cover repairs, or in some cases, to walk away. Your agent can advise you on the best course of action once the report is filed.

How to Choose an Inspector

Your agent will most likely have a short list of inspectors that they have worked with in the past that they can recommend to you. HGTV recommends that you consider the following five areas when choosing the right home inspector for you:

1. Qualifications – find out what’s included in your inspection and if the age or location of your home may warrant specific certifications or specialties.

2. Sample Reports – ask for a sample inspection report so you can review how thoroughly they will be inspecting your dream home. In most cases, the more detailed the report, the better.

3. References – do your homework – ask for phone numbers and names of past clients who you can call to ask about their experiences.

4. Memberships – Not all inspectors belong to a national or state association of home inspectors, and membership in one of these groups should not be the only way to evaluate your choice. Membership in one of these organizations often means that continued training and education are provided.

5. Errors & Omission Insurance – Find out what the liability of the inspector or inspection company is once the inspection is over. The inspector is only human, after all, and it is possible that they might have missed something they should have seen.

Ask your inspector if it’s okay for you to tag along during the inspection. That way they can point out anything that should be addressed or fixed.

Don’t be surprised to see your inspector climbing on the roof or crawling around in the attic and on the floors. The job of the inspector is to protect your investment and find any issues with the home, including but not limited to: the roof, plumbing, electrical components, appliances, heating & air conditioning systems, ventilation, windows, the fireplace and chimney, the foundation, and so much more!

Bottom Line

They say, ‘ignorance is bliss,’ but not when investing your hard-earned money into a home of your own. Work with a professional who you can trust to give you the most information possible about your new home so that you can make the most educated decision about your purchase.

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I pray that God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ will be kind to you and bless you with peace

2 Thessalonians 1:2

 

Doug Dawes REALTOR®, AWREP, LMC

Broker Sales Associate

KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY - Topsfield/Newburyport

49 Main Street
Topsfield, MA 01983
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 978-270-3037  ~ Cell
 DougDawes@KW.com

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Rainmaker
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Sam Shueh
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I only select the small inspectors can squeeze into crawl space and actually inspect inside the attic. With many home sellers who have cramped space the last thing we want to hear is liability is limited to what the big guy can see. Move the furniture around do not block entrance to circuit breaker or emergency escape.

Jun 28, 2019 08:25 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Grant Schneider
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Good afternoon Doug - not all the inspectors are the same but know the right one for the house is helpful.

Jun 28, 2019 09:07 AM #2
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Hello Doug,  I recommend 3 inspectors but the client get to choose who they want.  I always say a inspector will always find something.

 

Jun 28, 2019 09:24 AM #3
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Doug - as important for a buyer, it's also part of the home selling process.  As with any task, preparation matters.  And it makes a lot of difference.  

Jun 28, 2019 09:28 AM #4
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
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Hi Doug,

In the past, filling out the BINSR was the avenue to fill out a blank check, not so much anymore. In AZ if it is a visible issue that the buyer can see during the initial walkthrough, that should be accounted for in the offer. Of course, the seller can just tell the buyer that they are not going to do repairs. 

Jun 28, 2019 02:18 PM #5
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Doug Dawes - Choosing a Home Inspector is often a daunting task for a Buyer who had never had one done before. That's where Agents step in to provide information and educate the Buyer for them to know what to expect and what to ask. You did a nice job on this post! Providing a few names for the buyer to choose gives them more confidence in who they select to hire. 

Jun 28, 2019 06:22 PM #6
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
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Good idea Sam Shueh  

That very thing has happened when a large inspector arrives on scene

Jun 30, 2019 01:53 PM #7
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
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Yes it is Grant Schneider 

If I'm a buyer's agent I provide a list of selected home inspectors. If I'm a seller's agent I will ask the name of the inspector then ask my colleagues if they have had dealings with that person if I have not

Jun 30, 2019 01:56 PM #8
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
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Hi Will Hamm 

That's what I do too. We all know home inspectors are there to uncover those things an untrained eye can not see.

Jun 30, 2019 01:57 PM #9
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
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Good Sunday Michael Jacobs 

Being prepared is what is important, I agree

Jun 30, 2019 01:58 PM #10
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
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Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 

When an agent tells me they will be presenting an offer I do explain that I will take that offer to mean anything that has been disclosed and anything they have seen has been used to determine the offer

Jun 30, 2019 02:00 PM #11
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
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Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

It is a good thing to provide a 'short' list of inspectors for the buyers to choose from. Explaining the process is also comforting to them 

Jun 30, 2019 02:02 PM #12
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