Home Inspection Checklist
Home inspection has become an integral step in the process of buying a home. Most real estate professionals recommend a home inspection with every purchase and most buyers hire a home inspector. This Home Inspection Checklist is offered to help you get the most out of the experience.
Home Inspection Checklist
A Helpful Guide for Homebuyers
√ Find a really good home inspector, one who is well educated and well qualified – beyond the minimum requirements of the law – one who is working in your best interest.
Start looking for a home inspector while you’re still looking for a house. Once you’ve made an offer on a home, you will have only a few days to 1) choose a home inspector, 2) schedule the inspection, 3) review the report, 4) get estimates for repairs, 5) prepare an addendum to the agreement to present to the seller, 6) receive and consider the seller’s response and 7) decide whether or not you want to go forward with the purchase. Save valuable time by choosing your home inspector ahead of time.
√ Call for an appointment.
Make the call as soon as you have a signed agreement for sale. Schedule the inspection for the earliest possible date within your contingency period. Take a half-day off of work if you need to. Allow yourself enough time after the inspection to make an informed decision.
√ Attend the inspection.
Ask questions. The whole process will be much more valuable if you attend the inspection. A good inspector will offer helpful tips about the proper care and maintenance of the home.
Remember, no home is perfect and the inspector’s job is to identify the flaws. A good inspector will share a lot of information during the inspection, but you need not worry about remembering it all. You will receive a written report after the inspection is complete.
√ Read the report.
Read the entire report.
√ Consider what you’ve learned.
Now that you know a bit more about the house, you’ll need to decide how to proceed. Is this still the house for you? You may decide to proceed with the sale without further negotiation or you may wish to ask the seller for consideration of defects of which you were not previously aware. You may need to consult with contractors for further evaluation or for costs of repair.
√ Reply to the inspection.
If you decide to ask the seller for consideration, you’ll need to prepare a reply to inspection. As with all steps in this process, time is of the essence and your real estate agent is an invaluable source of advice, information and guidance.
√ Attend the pre-closing walkthrough.
This is a vital step in the process. This is your last chance to make sure that everything is as you remember it. This may be your first chance to see the house after the seller’s belongings have been removed. Take extra care to look in areas where furniture and storage may have made a careful inspection difficult or impossible.
√ Protect your investment.
Use your inspection report and other information provided by your home inspector to help guide you through the process of repair and maintenance of your home.
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