Buyer’s Tips:  Getting Ready for Inspection

The home inspection is an important part of the home-buying process, and knowing what to expect can make it go more smoothly.

Here are a few items we recommend our buyers know prior to inspection:

  • Think about getting an insurance quote at this time
  • The inspector’s job is to inform you of any issues or potential issues
  • No home is perfect – even new construction!
  • Plan to be at the inspection 2-3 hours
  • Be prepared to pay the inspector at the time of inspection
  • Homes being sold “as is” should still be inspected to ensure there isn’t a major issue that would be a deal-breaker
  • Typical inspections include the entire home, a termite inspection and possibly a Radon inspection as well

Once you have signed a contract on the home you intend to buy, there is a 10-day period to conduct inspections and negotiate any repairs. After the inspection is complete, we will review the report together and determine if repairs should be requested.

It’s not unusual for negotiations to resume again at this point. And as the buyer you have the right to cancel the contract at this time if acceptable conditions are not agreed upon. When you arrive at an agreement, both parties will sign a resolution document and the sale will continue to move forward.

Most inspections go smoothly, but some can include another period of negotiations. This is all part of the process and luckily happens pretty quickly given the 10-day period. It is our job to share our experience and help you identify and negotiate items to get you in your new home!