Whether you are buying, you should have a professional home inspection performed. An inspection is a contigency you will want to include in your contract to purchase. There is usually a timeframe of usually 5-10 days to have the inspection completed and to decide to remove the contingency to move forward with the purchase or to cancel or renegotiate the contract based on the inspection findings.
A home inspection will look at the systems that make up the building such as:
- Structural elements, foundation, framing etc
- Plumbing systems
- Electrical systems
- Cosmetic condition, paint, siding etc
If you are buying a home, you need to know exactly what you are getting. A home inspection, performed by a professional home inspector, will reveal any hidden problems with the home so that they may be addressed BEFORE the deal is closed. Make sure the contract has an inspection contingency written in it. Then, hire your own inspector and pay close attention to the inspection report. If you aren’t comfortable with what he finds, you should either get a second opinion, renegotiate the contract or cancel.
We do not recommend that seller’s get an inspection on their property prior to listing it and putting it on the market. Ask us why.
We can recommend inspectors we have familiarity with from past transactions.