When buying a home, are buyers present for home inspection? Should you be present for home inspection? In this video, I discuss the home inspection in more detail as well as who goes to a home inspection.
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What is a home inspection?
The home inspector is a 3rd party hired by the buyer to complete a thorough review of the property and all of its major systems including electrical, plumbing, HVAC, pool, spa, roof and much more.. The inspection is completed early in the escrow period while the buyer is within their contractually agreed contingency period (typically the first 17 days of escrow in California). The home inspection is not required but is highly recommended to anyone buying a home.
Are buyers present for home inspection?
When buying a home, should you be present for a home inspection? In my opinion the answer is Yes you should definitely be at the home inspection if at all possible. While it’s not mandatory to be at the home inspection, I believe that it’s important because reading a home inspection by itself can be a scary and daunting task when you haven’t seen the items first hand.
Most home inspectors will do a walk through with the buyer after the home inspection to show them each item first hand that will show up in the home inspection report. This is helpful because seeing something in person is completely different than reading it and looking at a picture in the home inspection report. Little items can seem like really big problems when reading about them in a report.
Keep in mind that it’s the home inspectors job to find problems with the house and it doesn’t matter if it’s new construction or a house that is 100 years old, there will be items that show up in the home inspection report. In my experience, most of the items that show up are not “major” items but often times they read like major items in the report due to the language used by the inspector.
Who goes to a home inspection?
Traditionally, the Realtor as well as the buyer will go to the home inspection. Generally speaking the listing agent and the Seller of the property are not at the home during the home inspection.
Are you buying a home and have questions about home inspections or home inspectors? Please comment below or contact me directly.
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