What Buyers Need to Know About Home Inspections

If you’re buying a home, you need a home inspection. Absolutely no questions asked. It’s not worth skipping out on this service because you’re worried about costs. The potential to uncover a serious problem far outweighs your financial risk. Imagine dodging the bullet on a cracked foundation, termite damage or problems with an HVAC system. These inspections are not only vital, they are a vital sales tool as well. Here are some things you need to know before you hire a home inspector.

Choice

Whether you are the seller or the buyer, no one can mandate which home inspection professional you want to use. Your agent may have some recommendations for you, but you can flip through the phone book and find a professional who will suit your needs. What you must know is that your inspector should be a member of the National Association of Home Inspectors. This indicates that the inspector has passed a written exam, gone through a training program, and adheres to the NAHI standards and Code of Ethics.

What They Do

A home inspection is not intended to point out the cosmetic flaws in a home. It is assumed that you will take care of that on your own as the buyer or the seller. The inspection is meant to address serious structural concerns, so an inspector will uncover safety hazards and areas in need of repair.

Reports

An inspector is likely to find hundreds of potential problems with a home upon inspection, but the report will not be nearly so detailed. As the buyer or the seller, the report you receive will contain only the basics in plain English. Expect details about faucets, garage doors, termite damage, and other pain points.

Who They Work For

The home inspector works for the party who paid the tab, but it’s important to understand that the NAHI Code of Ethics will allow an inspector to produce a report based only on truthful findings. Their standards do not allow them to be paid based on reporting favorable findings. They must also keep their findings confidential between themselves and the party that hires them to do their job.

Responsibilities

Inspectors don’t look for issues behind the walls or beneath the flooring, typically. Some do offer these services for an additional fee, but most will do only a surface level inspection of the home. The inspector is not liable for any of the problems that they may discover with the home, and it is the buyer’s responsibility (in most cases) to rectify these situations before moving in.

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