What You Can Expect During a Home Inspection

What You Can Expect During a Home Inspection

Whether you’re purchasing a home for the first time or the fifth time, your inspection is one of the most important parts of the transaction. There are a number of things a real estate inspection covers, including reviewing the home in its entirety to shield you from any future problems down the line. Here’s a look at what you can expect during your home inspection, who is involved, and more.

You–the Buyer: Your home inspection will point out things that you wouldn’t otherwise notice. Still, it would be wise to review the seller’s property disclosures, and have them top of mind for inspection day. Also, make notes of any questions you have for the inspector. That’s what you have hired them for, and they will be able to address your inquiries and explain everything before you release your inspection contingency.

Your Real Estate Agent: Your real estate agent will clear their calendar to be by your side during the inspection. They’ve been through this a time or two before, and realize the importance of the home inspection. What’s more, they’re experts when it comes to real estate; so let them point out anything that comes to mind.

The Seller’s Agent: More often than not, the seller is not around during the inspection. Their real estate agent will be, however. If you have any questions or concerns that come up during the inspection, they will be there to address and answer them. After all, their goal is to help see this transaction through for their clients.

The Inspector: So, who is the inspector? As previously mentioned, it should be someone who is licensed by the state where you live. It’s your job to hire the inspector, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ask for referrals. Your real estate agent is a great place to start! On inspection day, you will sign the agreement and pay the inspector after they have reviewed your new home’s systems and the overall condition. Walk around your new home with them, and go wherever they go. This way, you will understand things first-hand versus reading them in the detailed report they will provide you with at the end of the inspection.