If you are buying a new home, it’s important to know the full condition of the house before you sign on the dotted line. It’s an exciting time, but not without risks. The last thing anyone wants is to discover that your dream home has hidden problems – especially if they can’t be fixed before closing. A pre-listing inspection will help you avoid these surprises and increase your chances of finding your perfect home. 

Inspection Basics 

A home inspectors job is to inspect every part of the property including the interior, exterior and grounds. They will check for any defects or issues that could affect how comfortable or safe the home might be. They may also check for evidence of pests, mold or other environmental hazards. 

Most inspectors have training in construction, electrical work, plumbing, carpentry, roofing and general building practices. In addition, most inspectors have a background in science (chemistry, physics) to give them a broader perspective on what is happening with the structure. 

Why Do Inspectors Get Paid? 

When you buy a home, you are not only making a financial investment, you are also making a long term commitment. You want to make sure that all systems are working properly so that the home stays as good as new over the years. The inspector’s role is to look at everything from the foundation to the roof. If something isn’t up to code, he should let you know about it. 

The inspector gets paid when he identifies these problems. This compensation is usually based on the number and type of items found during the pre building inspections perth. For example, if the inspector finds some minor cosmetic flaws in the kitchen or bathrooms, such as missing cabinet hardware or cracked tile, then he would charge less than if he discovered significant structural problems. 

How Long Does an Inspection Take? 

It depends on the size of the home, its age, and the complexity of the inspection needed. Because many homes are older, the majority of inspections take more than one day. On average, a typical inspection takes about four hours. Most inspectors do not want to get their clients into trouble by rushing through the home and trying to find every problem. Most inspections take longer than this because they want to inspect everything thoroughly. 

Are There Any Other Types of Inspections? 

Many real estate agents recommend additional inspections that are not covered by the standard inspection, such as a pest control inspection and asbestos testing. These additional inspections are often required by sellers, buyers or lenders. Agents will sometimes schedule these inspections for free. 

What Should I Expect From My Inspector? 

Your inspector will provide you with written reports which include photos taken during the inspection. He should explain his findings in easy to understand language, and he should not try to influence you in any way. His report should also contain a list of suggested repairs or changes you might consider if you decide to fix anything after the inspection. You may choose to follow the recommendations, decline to act on them, or ignore them completely. 

Some inspectors may offer their services for free, while others will charge extra fees. Make sure you ask exactly what is included in whatever fee is charged. Some inspectors may offer a limited service, such as a visual walkthrough of the home to identify potential problems. Others may offer comprehensive evaluations of your home’s structure, energy efficiency, safety features and much more. 

Prepare Yourself Beforehand 

Before you start looking for a contractor or inspector, you should prepare yourself. Ask your agent or friends about their experiences, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. They will probably offer suggestions and advice, but remember that no two homes are alike. 

The first step is to contact your local building department for inspection requirements. Many states now require that all new homes receive a pre-listing inspection and that they carry a “Certificate of Occupancy” until the home is sold. This means that inspections will happen before you move in, and before your mortgage closes. 

You should also be familiar with the home’s history, including any previous owners’ complaints, and any recent major renovations or additions. Be aware that if there were any major repairs done since the previous owner bought the home, the seller will have to disclose those facts. Also, if the home is located in a flood zone or has had previous flooding, you need to know about that too. 

Your Agent Can Help 

You may feel overwhelmed by all the information available, but you don’t have to do it alone. Your agent should be able to steer you in the right direction and provide helpful tips. They should also refer you to contractors who specialize in various areas of expertise. 

For example, if you’re having trouble choosing between two contractors, your agent can help you evaluate both of their credentials and experience. Your agent knows your needs and budget better than anyone else, so they can match you with the best service provider. 

Just like there are good and poor contractors, there are good and bad house inspectors. You must exercise due diligence and conduct thorough research. However, one of the worst things a home buyer can do is forgo a home inspection before making a purchase.

There are many more people I know who regret not obtaining a house inspection than there are people I know who regret receiving one.

A qualified and experienced inspector can save you thousands of dollars by pointing out problems before you buy. When you buy a home, you deserve to be confident that all systems are operating properly.

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Maryann Carroll is a news writer, editor, publisher and an entrepreneur. She loves to cover wide variety of topics across the globe.