Buying a home is one of life’s most expensive investments, so you need to make sure you know exactly what you are getting before you sign on the dotted line. That is why a home inspection is one of the most crucial steps in the home buying process.

To begin the inspection process, work with your agent to find a certified home inspector. It is a certified home inspector’s job to “look under the hood” and make sure everything meets or exceeds current regulatory and safety standards.

The American Home Inspector Training Institute (AHITI) indicates a thorough home inspection can take anywhere from 1-5 hours, depending on the size and condition of the property. A basic home inspection consists of checking the structure, exterior, roof, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, interior, insulation and ventilation for quality and safety. Home inspections are also a great learning opportunity, and the AHITI recommends you be present during the inspection.

Home inspections aren’t just for buyers. Before a property is put on the market sellers may also opt to have their home pre-inspected. Doing so allows sellers to obtain a pre-inspection report which goes a long way in making buyers comfortable with the quality of a home.

Once finished, the inspector will provide you with a complete report of their findings, potentially illuminating costly repairs. It is important to note that inspectors do not make repairs, however, they may be able to connect you to a trained professional who can. In the event of substantial repairs, agents can use the report to negotiate repair costs with sellers.

If you are looking for a home inspector, email us, and we can connect you with a trusted provider.