You’ve found the perfect home and you’ve agreed on a price with the seller. Before you can move on to closing, though, one of the most important pieces of the process involves having the property inspected.
In fact, in most cases – even if you think you have found your dream home – you can make the purchase contract contingent on the property attaining a satisfactory inspection. This means if there are issues with the foundation or other major problems, you can cancel the contract, get your deposit back, and walk away. Or, you could alternatively renegotiate with the seller in order to lower the purchase price or make the needed repairs.
Prior to getting to that point, though, you want to ensure that you’re working with the right inspector in the first place. This is because even if the property passes with flying colors, a good home inspection can provide you with very valuable insights into your new property – as well as help you with planning for any maintenance that may be required in the future.
When choosing an inspector, you will want to insure that he or she is a member of a professional inspectors group such as ASHI (the American Society of Home Inspectors), NAHI (the National Association of Home Inspectors), or InterNACHI (the International Association of Professional Home and Commercial Property Inspectors). While being a part of a professional organization certainly is no guarantee of the quality of their work, it does help to provide a certain degree of training, as well as professionalism.
Most reputable home inspectors will also usually have their home inspection reports displayed on their website. Take a look and make sure that the report of the inspector that you are considering is clearly written and formatted. A good report should point out any property defects, as well as explain why it matters – and what needs to be done in order to repair it. In addition, good reports should also include photos.
Need more information? Give us a call. We can help you with finding your next home – as well as with locating a good home inspector who will walk you through the ins and outs of the inspection process.