Inspection is Essential

Inspectors are crucial – especially for the buyers and in a lean market the inspections can be even more valuable. Inspections are not intended to point out a home’s every imperfaction – but to give buyers the heads up on an major issues. Once informed the buyer can relax knowing the home is in good shape or use any findings as leverage to get the seller to make improvements or lower the asking price.

According to RIS Media, here’s what to expect in a home inspection and what to look for in an inspector:

WHAT GETS INSPECTED: The standard inspection report covers the following:

  • Heating system
  • Central air-conditioning system (temperature permitting)
  • Interior plumbing and electrical systems
  • Roof, attic, and visible insulation
  • Walls, ceilings, floors, windows, and doors
  • Foundation, basement, and structural components.

Some things to consider before choosing an inspector:

  • Credentials. Know whether your state requires that inspectors be licensed or affiliated with an association.
  • Experience. Any prospect should have made enough inspections “to make you feel comfortable,” cautions Ronald J. Passaro of Danbury, Conn., a founder of the American Society of Home Inspectors. Has the inspector been in business long enough that you know he or she will still be there in a year, or five years, if you have questions or problems?
  • Professional affiliations. These require adherence to codes of ethics and standards.
  • Staff. If you have a problem or question, can you get in touch with someone when you call or email?
  • Sample report. Is it concise, readable, and in layman’s terms, or is it a vague checklist that’s not tailored to your home?
  • Other services. Does the prospect offer more than just the standard inspection, including radon and water testing?
Submitted by home buyer agent, Mary Rugani.
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