The home buyer inspection is your last chance to uncover defects with the house – and potentially get the seller to pay for them – before sealing the deal.
As a seller, you want to know what the inspector will look for so you can be prepared for their visit and help everything go as smoothly as possible.
Here’s what to expect during a home inspection:
- A home inspector will look at things like a home’s foundation, structural components, roof, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems, then provide a written home inspection report with results
- A home inspection generally takes two to four hours, but may take more time depending on the size of the house. After the physical inspection, the home inspector may take a couple of days to send the written report
- Buyers should attend the inspection so they can explore their new home in detail and ask questions during the process. This can give you much more information than the report alone.
Don’t be concerned with the number of defects listed on your report – many will be so minor you won’t bother fixing them.
Instead, pay attention to the severity of the home’s issues. Some problems can be deal–breakers.
If serious problems turns up, talk to your home inspector and real estate agent about your best ways forward.
What does a home buyer inspection look for?
Here’s a full list of what the inspector will review, according to the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI):
- Heating system
- Central air conditioning system (temperature permitting)
- Interior plumbing and electrical systems
- Attic, including visible insulation
- Windows and doors
- Structural components
Clearly, the inspector isn’t going to tear your home apart to inspect piping and wiring. But the more an inspector can access, the more complete the final report will be.
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