The Importance of a Home Inspection

Buying a home if one of the most expensive investments you will ever purchase in your lifetime. Before you sign your name on any contract, you should make sure to know the ins and outs of the house your are purchasing so you can know what to expect and that is where a home inspection plays a large roll in the purchasing process.

 

Sometimes, in real estate markets like Denver, buyers decide to veto an inspection as an incentive for the seller to choose their offer or say they will have no inspections objections for the seller to fix before the buyers take the home. As an experienced realtor, I would never, ever allow my clients to forfeit an inspection of their house. While things might look ok from the outside and to someone’s untrained eye, an inspector is the person who has been highly trained to look for the things buyers cannot see. Working with a great home inspector can save you time and money in the long run and also give you an upper leg when it comes time to negotiate with the sellers.

 

So what all does a home inspection include? First know that inspections can take anywhere from 1-5 hours depending on the size of the house and also how thorough your inspector is when they are looking over the property. A basic home inspection consists of checking the following for quality and safety:

 

·      Structure

·      Exterior

·      Roof

·      Electrical

·      Plumbing

·      HVAC, interior

·      Radon

·      Water Safety

·      Insulation

·      Ventilation

 

While mostly buyers use inspectors, some sellers opt to have them come before they get their house of the market so they can pass along a pre-inspection report that can go a long way with potential buyers. And don’t think just because you are buying a new-build that you won’t need a home inspection. Even new builds can have issues and it is important to have them looked at as well and it is easier to get builders to make corrections prior to closing then trying to deal with them after you’ve closed on the place and the builder has moved on to the next client.

 

I have a few inspectors who I really trust who have been great with both my buyers and sellers. If you need any recommendations, please don’t hesitate to contact me today and I can pass along their information.