Whether you’re selling or buying a house, getting a home inspection can be nerve-wracking.
If you’re selling, you’ll want to make sure there aren’t any hidden issues in the home. And if you’re buying, you’ll likely expect everything to be perfect so you can move in quickly.
But how much do you really know about the home inspection process? Test your knowledge by answering these four questions:
Do I need a home inspection? Yes, because it can protect you from buying the wrong house.
A home inspection tests the safety and proper function of the property. A house could look perfect on the outside, but there may be underlying issues, like water damage or a faulty foundation. A home inspection is crucial because it can bring problems to light that otherwise would have worsened over time.
What does an inspector do? An inspector comes to the house to assess the heating and cooling systems, fire alarm, gas and water, foundation, roof and other features to check for anything that isn’t up to the buyer’s standards.
Who pays for a home inspection? The buyer typically pays for the home inspection. The cost depends on the home’s value and size and can range from $250 to $500. For a buyer, the inspection happens after the seller accepts their offer. A seller pays for their inspection, which takes place before listing the home so that any defects can be fixed ahead of time.
Do I have to be there? It’s recommended. We can walk through the home together with the inspector so we can tackle any questions you may have. Sellers typically don’t attend the home inspection, but they can if they wish.
Do you have other questions about home inspections? Reach out today for more guidance.