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UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF HOME INSPECTIONS IN REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS

Wednesday, March 20, 2024   /   by Richard Eimers

UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF HOME INSPECTIONS IN REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS

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Navigating the complexities of buying a home involves numerous steps, each crucial in ensuring a smooth and informed process. Among these steps, securing a mortgage preapproval sets the stage for house hunting, leading to the eventual offer on a desired property. However, one indispensable safeguard in this journey is often overlooked: the home inspection.

A home inspection serves as a safeguard for both buyers and sellers, unveiling potential issues that might not be immediately apparent. For those new to the homebuying process, understanding what to expect during a home inspection can alleviate uncertainty and ensure a more informed decision-making process.

Here’s what you need to know about home inspections:

  1. Possibility of Mandatory Inspection: While not universally mandated, many mortgage lenders require home inspections to protect their investment. By ensuring the property is in good condition, lenders mitigate the risk of borrowers defaulting due to unforeseen repair costs. Though buyers typically foot the bill for inspections, the peace of mind they provide far outweighs the expense, which averages between $279 and $400.

  2. Selecting Your Inspector: Buyers have the autonomy to choose their home inspector, emphasizing the importance of thorough research. Seek recommendations from trusted sources, including real estate professionals and acquaintances. Additionally, organizations such as the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) offer resources to help find qualified inspectors.

  3. Attendance is Encouraged: Attending the home inspection is not only beneficial but also advisable. Being present allows buyers to witness potential issues firsthand and engage with the inspector directly. This direct interaction fosters a deeper understanding of the property's condition and any necessary repairs. While inspectors may address questions remotely, face-to-face discussions during the inspection offer greater clarity.

  4. Time Investment and Seller Presence: Home inspections are comprehensive processes that can last up to three hours, necessitating adequate time allocation. It is common for sellers to be absent during inspections, although exceptions exist. Buyers who prefer a seller-free environment during the inspection can request their absence, though it’s not guaranteed. Nonetheless, ample time and focused attention during the inspection ensure a thorough assessment of the property.

In essence, home inspections are indispensable components of the homebuying journey, providing invaluable insights into a property's condition. By approaching inspections with diligence and awareness, buyers can proceed with confidence, knowing they are making informed decisions regarding their investment.


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