The home inspection is a very important part of any real estate transaction, especially for buyers. I’ll go over everything you need to know about them today.

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If you are thinking about buying your first house, there are a couple of things that you should know about home inspections.

When it comes to your home inspection, think of your inspector as a general practitioner. He’s going to look at everything in the house and give you a full once-over on the operating systems, the roof, and things of that nature.

If there is something that’s really important to you, I want you to inspect what you expect. If you don’t inspect something that you’re concerned about, you can’t expect it to be working.

I also recommend that you use a local inspector. Many of our inspectors are used to the building standards in this area. Different contractors can give you really solid advice.

Buyers, you are welcome to be there through the entire home inspection. However, many home inspectors have told me that it’s most helpful if you just show up for the last 30 to 45 minutes. That way, they can review their findings with you.

As a seller, you do have the right to be there for the inspection. However, in my experience, that can feel like a poke in the eye. I recommend that sellers step out and let the inspector do their job. We’ll get a complete copy of their report and findings so that we can make good decisions on how you want to proceed with your escrow.

When it comes to home inspections, there may not be just one. You may have the general home inspection, the roof inspection, a termite inspection, and plumbing or electrical inspections. As a seller, be prepared. As a buyer, it will cost you a little money, but you are making the biggest financial purchase of your life. Don’t you want to know that your roof and plumbing are in good condition? Those extra inspections might be worth that extra little bit of money.

If you have any other questions about home inspections or buying a home in today’s market, just give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!