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Home Inspections and the Homebuyer's Role
Wednesday, 20 January 2016, 09:35:00 AM

When you're close to purchasing a home, an inspection is part of the transaction process. This inspection is performed by a certified professional who can pinpoint any major or minor issues plaguing a property. As the homebuyer, you're not a spectator during this procedure. In fact, you should be an active part in almost every aspect of the inspection. Consider some of the important reasons why you need to be involved with each inspection process.


Hire the Inspector Yourself
Ideally, you want to pick out the inspector for your potential property. If the seller hires the professional, there might be a biased look at the structure. Hire an inspection professional who has no ties to you, the seller or the agents. You want a fair evaluation of the property so that you can make an educated decision on a bid. Read online reviews about potential inspectors and verify their credentials with authorities. Inspectors go through vigorous training to precisely perform their jobs.

Be Present at the Inspection
Buying a home is a busy time in your life. It's easy to hire an inspector and allow them to access the property. However, you should be at the inspection. Meet inspectthe inspector and talk to them about any of your concerns. The inspector can make sure that your concerns are a top priority as he or she runs through the evaluation checklist. You can also follow along on as the inspector moves through the home. Give the professional some space, however, so that every checklist area is thoroughly evaluated.

Reserve Your Questions
Inspector professionals appreciate buyers who are concerned about their potential purchase, but refrain from interrupting the evaluation. By interrupting the professional during the evaluation, he or she might overlook an area. Inspectors are human beings, and they can be distracted by constant questions. When questions do arise in your mind, write them down for later. When the evaluation ends, you can ask the professional about every question you wrote down. In fact, write the professional's answers down for reference later on. You can discuss the evaluation with loved ones when you return home.

Discuss Concerns with Seller
Inspectors might have a long list of issues with the property, especially if it's a larger and older structure compared to others in the neighborhood. Some issues may not be too serious, such as carpeting pulling up at a room's edges. However, a leaking water heater or other major appliance malfunction is a good reason to stop and pause the home sale. You must discuss your options with the seller. In most cases, the buyer asks the seller to fix the issue before the home can be sold. The seller can accept or decline this request. It's possible for negotiations to take a long time if major repairs are involved.

Schedule a Final Inspection
If the seller agrees to fix a household item, he or she should be given enough time to complete this request. After they confirm the repair, homebuyers should request another home inspection. This evaluation will cover the entire property again, but with a special focus on the repaired areas. If the inspector agrees that the repairs are completed as necessary, homebuyers can proceed with the real-estate transaction. No sale has to occur if the appliance is still faulty. Homebuyers can always pull out of a home sale before the final documents are signed.

If you're a first-time homebuyer, the inspection is a brand-new experience. Speak to your real estate agent about preferred professionals in your area. The agent should have a good idea about who is perfect for your home inspection. In the end, you should have an inspection and property outlook that you can depend on during the bidding process.

 


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