You Should Have a Home Inspection
you're buying an older home or new construction in the South
Bay, a home inspection is an absolute necessity. A home inspection
will assess the building code conformity as well as all the
systems and structural components that make up the building,
elements, foundation, framing etc
and Cooling systems
condition, paint, siding, etc.
decided upon the South Bay home you want to buy and youre
about to sign the Offer To Purchase real estate contract,
make sure there is an inspection contingency in that contract
allowing you to get your own professional Home Inspection.
Pre-Selling or Pre-Listing inspections
are not common, however, in some cases, a savvy seller may
have had their own structural inspection done which they usually
will provide to a prospective home buyer. If they are wise,
they will have arranged to have any discovered problems corrected.
However, I still insist that my buyer clients have his or
her own independent inspection done. Normally, upon acceptance
of the Offer To Purchase, you will have 17 days to have the
inspection completed, analyze the report and respond to the
seller. We will be your eyes and ears at the structural inspection
should it not be possible for you to be present yourself.
event that hidden problems are revealed through the structural
inspection process, you may do one of two things:
the inspection reveals conditions that change your desire
to buy the home, you may terminate the purchase agreement
by notifying the seller in writing and provide a copy of the
inspection report disclosing the problems.
may submit a list of the problems discovered in the inspection
report, known as a request for repair, to the seller and request
that the seller make the necessary corrections and repairs
before the deal is closed, or adjust the price accordingly.
interview a home inspector, ask him what type of report format
he provides. There are several types of reports used by inspectors,
such as computer generated reports, the checklist format and
the narrative style report. Some reports are completed and
generated on site and some may take up to a week to complete.
There are good and bad points to all of these formats.
that the inspector will take pictures that explain their descriptions
and potential problems.
inspector that gives detailed descriptions of the home and
potential problems instead of vauge and easily missinterpreted
"Bathroom Shower Enclosure: Condition - Minor wear, heavy
wear, damaged, rust stains, or chips in enamel finish. Recommend
sealing drain and pan at base of tile."
can see, this narrative description includes a recommendation
for repair. Narrative reports without recommendations for
repairing deficient items may be difficult to interpret, should
your knowledge of construction be limited.
if you do not understand something, that you ask questions.
Items in the inspection report that are not serious quite
often can be interpreted by a nonprofessional to be a major
factor. A good home inspector should be able to put things
into perspective and answer all your questions. If for some
reason a question cannot be answered at the time of the inspection,
the inspector should research the question and obtain the
answer for you.
time to become familiar with your home inspection report.
If the report has a legend, key, symbols or icons, read and
understand them thoroughly. The more information provided
to you about the property, the easier it will be to understand
the overall condition. If possible, try to be present when
the inspector is doing the inspection. You do not have to
be there during the entire process, but if you can walk through
with the inspector at the end so he can show you the findings
of the structural inspection, you will learn a great deal
about the home you are about to purchase.