So you made an offer, it was accepted, and now your next task is to have the home inspected prior to signing the Purchase and Sales Agreement. More often than not, your agent should have made your offer contingent on a satisfactory home inspection.

Post inspection, your agent can advise you on the best course of action once the report is complete.

How to Choose an Inspector

Your agent will most likely have a short list of inspectors that they have worked with in the past that they can recommend to you. suggests that you consider the following 5 areas when choosing the right home inspector for you:

  1. Qualifications
  2. Sample Reports
  3. References
  4. Licensing
  5. Errors & Omission Insurance

You should ALWAYS follow your inspector around the house during the inspection. That way they can point out anything that should be addressed or fixed.If your inspector tells you you do not need to be there OR that they will meet you after the inspection to go over things, find another  inspector!

Don’t be surprised to see your inspector climbing on the roof, crawling around in the attic, and on the floors. The job of the inspector is to inform you on the current state of your investment and find any issues with the home, including but not limited to: the roof, plumbing, electrical components, appliances, heating & air conditioning systems, ventilation, windows, the fireplace & chimney, the foundation and so much more! Keep in mind this in NOT a "to do" list for you to provide to the sellers at the end of the inspection. This is so you know what items needs to be taken care of and in what order , after you purchase the home. In the event there are serious issues with the home and the seller does not want to negotiate, you could opt to walk away. This is, provided your Agent wrote the offer correctly!

Bottom Line

They say ‘ignorance is bliss,’ but not when investing your hard-earned money in a home of your own. Work with a professional you can trust to give you the most information possible about your new home so that you can make the most educated decision about your purchase.

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