What to Expect from a Home Inspection?

Home inspections

Home inspections can be nerve wrecking if you don’t know what to expect.

Whether you are the first-time buyer just trying to buy a new Federal Hill home or are buying your fourth home, you will likely have to face the dreaded home inspection. But do you really know what you should expect when a house inspector comes? Let’s talk about what each person will have to do during the inspection.

As the Buyer

Make sure you arrive on time for the home inspection. While most people say it isn’t necessary for a buyer to be there, it is actually important. Being at the inspection will not only allow you to learn as much as you can about the house and its “kinks,” you can also make sure the inspector is checking everything thoroughly. Prior to the inspection, take a look at the seller’s property disclosures and come up with a list of questions you’d like to ask the inspector if you have any. Is there anything that concerns you about the house? Ask the inspector about it. Before releasing your inspection contingency, you should have a good idea of what you are getting into so there aren’t any surprises down the road. Depending on the size of the Federal Hill home, the inspection could take anywhere from a half an hour to three hours so make sure you have a few hours off to wait.

The Agents

As you walk through the house, your Simply Referable agent will be with you. Good agents should have a basic knowledge of what the house inspector is looking for during the inspection. Your agent will also be able to tell you if something is a big problem or a manageable problem. Your Simply Referable agent will be able to help you see the big picture and negotiate problems if they arise. On the other side will be the listing agent. Since the current homeowners will not be there to answer any questions about the house, the listing agent will be there to do so. Although it could feel like a “three-on-one” fight, everyone is there to facilitate a clean transaction between you and the homeowners.

The Inspector

As the buyer, it is up to you to find and pay for a state licensed property inspector to inspect your potential home. A good inspector will remain impartial as they inspect the property, its systems, and the overall condition of the home. Your inspector will look around, make notes, and provide a detailed report of the condition as well as some things that could potentially go wrong with the house. Be sure to walk through the property with the inspector, asking questions as they arise. Your inspector may point things out to you, demonstrate the systems of the home and how they work.

After the inspection, you and your Simply Referable real estate agent will talk about what went on and where to go from there. If the inspection is flawless, you are ready to close on the house, but if there are problems, you will talk about how to handle them. For more information on buying your new home, call Simply Referable today!

What to Expect from an Inspection with Simply Referable

The small team of realtors at Simply Referable is deeply focused on creating a memorable selling experience for you and your family. Each of our team members has an area of expertise, and we strive to form lasting bonds with each of our clients. We want to be your go-to realtors every time you or a friend wants to make a change. With local experience, our realtors can help you choose a house that is just the right fit for your family, now and forever. Contact us online or give us a call at 410-983-9045.