Considering buying a home in California? Can’t decide if a home inspection is right for you? Let me help you decide that a home inspection is the best option.
First I would like to tell you what a home inspection is. According to the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), “A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.” A home inspector will inspect the electrical, the roof, walls, ceilings, attics, floors, windows, HVAC, plumbing, doors, foundation, basement and the overall home structure. Home inspectors are trained and licensed to notice and detail any problem or potential problems with a home. There are things that a home inspection does not include. You can find a list by Amy L. Fontinelle at SavingAdvice.com.
Some people feel that a home inspection is a waste of time and money because they know what they are looking for. A few examples of things that you might not know how to determine are if plumbing is bad, if the HVAC is on its last leg or if the foundation has a crack. The cost of a home inspection may seem expensive, but the cost of unforeseen repairs will cost you a lot more.
A home inspector will give you a checklist showing everything that they found to be of concern in the home. It could be as little as an outlet not working, to as big as the roof needing replaced. If you don’t know what might be wrong with the home, you can’t make an educated decision.
After receiving the information from the inspector, sit down with your Realtor and discuss your options. There may be things that you decide you don’t want fixed by the seller. There may be things that you would like fixed before continuing with the purchase. There may be so many large items that you might decide to step away and look for another home. Without a home inspection, you could lose a lot of money and walk into a home with unexpected issues, even a new home.
In some cities, it’s a common practice for the sellers to provide inspection reports prior to the buyers making an offer. We would still encourage the buyers to hire their own inspectors upon acceptance for a second opinion and to verify the reports provided were accurate. One can never tell if the inspector’s comments may be bias due to their relationship with the sellers or listing agent. Also, if there is any discrepancy, buyers can renegotiate with the seller.
When you are ready to discuss a home purchase or sale, we at Haylen Group are here to help you with all of your real estate needs! If you are unsure what your options are, call Helen Chong at (408) 800-LIST or email at Helen@HaylenGroup.com. You can also visit us at our website for available listings and additional information.