When do home inspections occur?
A standard home inspection usually occurs immediately after your offer is accepted by the seller and is a visual examination (by a professional home inspector who you will hire) of the physical structure and major interior systems of a residential building consisting of one to four dwelling units - kind of like a physical exam by a physician.
What is a home inspection used for?
A home inspection is not an appraisal, a building code inspection, a guarantee of any kind, and/or an insurance policy on the condition of the property. Home inspections are not intended to point out every small problem or any invisible or latent defect in a home. Most minor or cosmetic flaws, for example, should be apparent to the buyer without the aid of a professional. The home inspection is meant to alert you to any previously unknown concerns that may affect your decision to purchase the home. The home inspection is something that we (realtors) will be there for, with you, so we can help you evaluate the findings.
What happens after the home inspection?
After the professional has inspected the home, he/she will write up a detailed document outlining all concerns. These documents are usually several pages long and include photos of any issues or concerns the inspector found during the process. You will have access to this document and we can help you evaluate these concerns and determine the decision to move forward with the purchase.
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