What Inspections Are Needed When Buying A House

What Inspections Are Needed When Buying A House

What to Expect from Your Home Inspection | MyKCM

What to Expect from Your Home Inspection A House in Michigan?

You made an offer and it was accepted. Your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. Agents often recommend you make your offer contingent upon a clean home inspection.

The inspection period typically starts once your offer is accepted. You will receive a specific number of days to have the home inspected, typically between 3-15 days, or more depending on the home and your specific offer. Some properties, such as commercial real estate, raw/vacant land or farm land may require more time for the inspection period to conclude.

This contingency allows you to renegotiate the price you offered for the home, ask the sellers to cover repairs, or in some cases, walk away if challenges arise. Your agent can advise you on the best course of action once the report is filed.

As a seller, getting your home inspected prior to listing your home can be a huge benefit. The inspection will identify any possible issues with the home that can be addressed prior to listing your home and can also provide a budget on what to expect may come off your bottom line through possible negotiations with the buyer after their inspection.

Buying A House Inspection Checklist:

How to Choose an Inspector

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

1. Qualifications – Find out what’s included in your inspection and if the age or location of your home may warrant specific certifications or specialties.

2. Sample Reports – Ask for a sample inspection report so you can review how thoroughly they will be inspecting your dream home. In most cases, the more detailed the report,
the better.

3. References – Do your homework. Ask for phone numbers and names of past clients who you can call to discuss their experiences.

4. Memberships – Not all inspectors belong to a national or state association of home inspectors, and membership in one of these groups should not be the only way to evaluate your choice. Membership in one of these organizations does, however, often mean continued training and education are required.

5. Errors and Omission Insurance – Find out what the liability of the inspector or inspection company is once the inspection is over. The inspector is only human, after all, and it is possible they might miss something they should see.

It is always highly recommended that you to tag along during the inspection, so they can point out anything that should be addressed or fixed.

Don’t be surprised to see your inspector climbing on the roof or crawling around in the attic, under crawl spaces and on the floors. The job of the inspector is to protect your investment and find any issues with the home, including but not limited to:

  1. Roof
  2. Plumbing
  3. Electrical Components
  4. Appliances
  5. Heating and Air Conditioning Systems
  6. Ventilation
  7. Windows
  8. Fireplace and Chimney
  9. Foundation
  10. Exterior: Siding or Brick Material
  11. and so much more. 

Depending on the property some other types of inspections that can be important to have done, and may need to be done by a separate inspector are:

  1. Sewer Line Inspections
  2. Termite
  3. Asbestos
  4. Pool & Spa
  5. Soil Stability (especially on vacant land)
  6. Mold
  7. Septic System 
  8. Well


Bottom Line

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

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