Inspections 101: What Every Potential Home Buyer Should Know

Here’s what you need to know about how home inspections work.

Today, we’re pleased to be speaking with Scott, one of our agents who also doubles as a home inspector. We’ll ask him about everything potential sellers need to know about inspections before listing their homes.

First, what is an inspection for? The main things they look for are major cost and safety issues. Every home has little issues; no property is perfect. However, inspectors are really more concerned with big-ticket items and issues that pose a significant threat to residents.

Many people think they can get away with having a well-meaning friend or relative do their inspection for them, but this isn’t always a good idea. Usually, non-professionals tend to focus on their area of expertise at the expense of everything else. Meanwhile, professional inspectors will look at a property as a whole unit.

“You should always work with a professional inspector.”

When buyers get inspections, they should look at major areas, like the roof, air conditioning, heating, plumbing, and foundation. These items are important and are very expensive to replace. For example, a foundation issue can cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair. Your inspector will also check things that pose a threat to these areas in the future.

While inspections are important, Scott recommends you don’t tag along during the home inspection. Your professional needs to focus on their work, and any relevant questions you have can be better answered once the inspection is complete.

If you have additional questions or would like to get in touch with Scott, please call or email. I look forward to hearing from you!

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