Getting a Home Inspection

Home Inspector

The home buying process can seem like a lengthy one, but each step of the journey is important and should not be bypassed in effort of saving a little time or money. Sometimes it may seem as if a home inspection isn’t necessary, especially if a property appears to be in excellent condition. However, what you see in a house can be very deceiving. Buyers see a crack in a ceiling, immediately assume it is a big problem and get scared off, but a home inspector might say it is just cosmetic and can easily be covered up. A newly renovated home can seem flawless, so buyers opt out of getting a home inspection only to find out after closing that the home has major—meaning expensive—electrical or plumbing problems. Examples like these prove that home inspections are crucial to the home buying process.

A home inspector’s job consists of three main points:

  1. Evaluate a property’s physical and structural condition
  2. Identify items in need of repair or replacement
  3. Assess the remaining useful life of major systems

It is a good idea for you, or your real estate agent, to be present during the inspection. This allows you to ask questions, better understand the reasons or causes of certain issues, and learn what you need to do to fix them. The inspector can also point out areas of potential trouble and offer maintenance tips that can be very useful in the future. You can expect an inspection to take 2-5 hours, or a little longer for an older home, and to cost $200-$500 depending on size.

The inspection process enables buyers to discover any issues with the property before closing. Sometimes the results of provide reason for the buyer to back out of the purchase, but many detected problems do not necessarily have to be a deal breaker. Buyers can use the information reported to identify and prioritize items that need to be done, either immediately or in the future. In some cases, buyers can request the seller to make repairs or negotiate the sales price a bit more.

When buying a home, be smart, be cautious and never go without having a home inspected. If an inspector reports the home is in perfect condition and no issues need to be addressed, don’t consider the inspection to have been a waste of time and money, the peace of mind you will get makes it all worthwhile.

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Posted on March 4, 2014, in Buying, Real Estate 101. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Going for a property or house inspection is really beneficial in many ways if you are going to buy a new property or house specifically it helps in selecting the right property that worth your investment if done properly.

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  4. Reblogged this on Kentucky First Time Home Buyer Programs for 2016 FHA, VA, KHC, USDA, RHS, Fannie Mae Loans in Kentucky and commented:
    A home inspector’s job consists of three main points:

    Evaluate a property’s physical and structural condition
    Identify items in need of repair or replacement
    Assess the remaining useful life of major systems
    It is a good idea for you, or your real estate agent, to be present during the inspection. This allows you to ask questions, better understand the reasons or causes of certain issues, and learn what you need to do to fix them. The inspector can also point out areas of potential trouble and offer maintenance tips that can be very useful in the future. You can expect an inspection to take 2-5 hours, or a little longer for an older home, and to cost $200-$500 depending on size.

    • As a Licensed Home Inspector I can you you with certainty that Realtors do not show up for Home Inspections hardly ever, I have performed well over 8000 in 22 years and have had less than 10 inspections with Realtors present and almost all of them were only because they heard it was me, the reason I am told by Realtors is their Brokers do not want them adding potential liability to them. The Real Estate Industry as a whole needs to be completely revamped to either protect buyers or just go completely out of business for the benefit of all.. no Industry in America has caused more financial loss to American families and citizens then the Real Estate Industry in my opinion. They are under qualified to refer a Home Inspector and far too often I have to inspect over their poor recommendations and always find a substantial amount more than what the Inspector found. I hear horror stories weekly of how much the Realtors Inspector missed. My most recent said her Inspector caused her to loose $6000 in just one year and then wanted her to use him again at the next home!? Nowadays Realtors take your info, put it into a computer, then you get mostly homes that do not even meet your criteria so I’m told by almost every client. I survive because buyers have had such a bad experience with Realtors and they find my website and realize I do not play that game. The only problem is that many Louisville KY Brokers and Realtors are blackballing thorough Home INspectors and recommending sub-par Inspectors who are not very thorough and often not very experienced. We will be meeting as a group soon to rectify these practises that are so rampant here in this city. As I write this I just received another message the selling Agent says I cannot work for my client and do their Home Inspection because they will not allow us in the home. So now my client has to choose to take a chance and not use me or loose the home for sure and find another. Remember folks, it is none of your Realtors business who you choose to inspect for you and they have no right to insist you tell them, It is YOUR MONEY and YOUR families future and nobody will protect you like a good Home Inspector that does not work with Realtors! If banks and Lenders overall who wise up they would never be connected with Realtors because they take a large financial loss when a home is foreclosed and will not sell because the home is really worth alot less due to poor construction or condition but an average Home Inspector did not thoroughly inspect it..

  5. A home inspector’s job consists of three main points:

    Evaluate a property’s physical and structural condition
    Identify items in need of repair or replacement
    Assess the remaining useful life of major systems
    It is a good idea for you, or your real estate agent, to be present during the inspection. This allows you to ask questions, better understand the reasons or causes of certain issues, and learn what you need to do to fix them. The inspector can also point out areas of potential trouble and offer maintenance tips that can be very useful in the future. You can expect an inspection to take 2-5 hours, or a little longer for an older home, and to cost $200-$500 depending on size.

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