What to Expect During a Home Inspection
One of the most dreaded parts of selling (or buying) a home is going through the home inspection. During the home inspection, the home inspector will go through every nook and cranny in your house and look for potential problems.
If you’re a buyer, this can save you thousands of dollars in repairs or even cause you to decide against buying the home at all. And if you’re a seller, the home inspection can be a nerve-wracking experience.
There are a few home inspection tips, however, that can make the process a little bit smoother.
How Does a Home Inspection Work?
First off, what exactly is a home inspection? A home inspection is when a professional inspector will take a few hours to walk through every area of your home and look for problems.
They’ll look at all the major components of the house, including the home’s electrical systems, the structure of the home, the heating and air conditioning systems, plumbing, and more to be sure everything is safe and functioning properly.
What If They Find Problems?
The home inspector will provide a detailed report of everything they found—both good and bad—and they’ll tell the buyer what needs to be fixed before they can move in.
The buyer and their agent can then discuss the costs and decide whether they want to ask the seller to pay for the repairs, or, if the problems are major, whether they should buy the house at all.
Home Inspection Checklist
If you’re a seller, there are a few things you can do to ensure the home inspection process goes as smoothly as possible.
Many real estate agents recommend getting a home inspection before even putting the home on the market, since if there are problems, it’s better to fix them early on than be surprised at the last minute and risk having a buyer walk away.
It’s also important to note that the home inspector will only catch visible problems, meaning they won’t see anything hidden in the walls, like asbestos, mold, or pests.
If you really want to be safe, you may want to hire experts to check for these types of internal problems before you put your home on the market. This way you can reassure all potential buyers that your home is completely safe and isn’t hiding any secrets.
What to Do Next
Before putting your home on the market, talk to your real estate agent to decide whether it’s a good idea to have a home inspection performed before selling it. And if you’re a buyer, also discuss with your agent what to expect during your home inspection. If any problems arise, you’ll be glad you did!