For Buyers: Home Inspection

Buying a home is a major decision and an investment of your time, emotions, and money.  You want to ensure that the home you buy is in good physical condition so that there will be no surprises to interfere with the enjoyment of owning the Active Adult Community home of your choice.

I strongly recommended that a home inspection be completed by a trained, reputable inspector.  The inspector will:

  • Evaluate the physical condition of the various systems and structures of the home.

  • Detect any issues, and identify items that should be repaired or replaced.

  • Issue a report that is an opinion as to the condition of the home.

As your Realtor, I can recommend qualified inspectors and can state in your written offer that the offer is contingent upon a satisfactory home inspection by a qualified professional. 

Traditionally, the home buyer selects the inspector and pays for the home inspection.  Since the inspector can detect issues a buyer may overlook, the cost for the inspection is worth the assurance that you have all the information you need to make a wise purchasing decision.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recommends that you ask a home inspector the following questions:

  1. What does the inspection cover?

Most associations have a “standards of practice” that should be followed in addition to any specific request you may have.

  1. How long have you been practicing and how many inspections have you completed?

You should be personally satisfied with the inspector’s credentials.

  1. Are you specifically experienced in residential inspection?

Construction and commercial experience can be helpful, but experience with home inspection is the most desirable.

  1. Do you offer repairs or improvements based on this inspection?

Regulations vary as to whether inspectors are allowed to perform repair work.  Some associations consider it a conflict of interest.  Find out the restrictions in your area.

  1. How long does the inspection take?

The average time is two to three hours for a typical single-family house.

  1. How much will it cost? 

Costs vary depending on the area, size and age of the house, and the scope of services.  Compare costs and services before selecting an inspection firm.

  1. What type of report do you provide, and when will I receive it?

Most inspectors will show you a sample report.  Most can provide their full report within 24 hours of the inspection.

  1. May I attend the inspection?

Yes, definitely.  This is your opportunity to see any issues the inspector may identify.

  1. Are you a member of a professional home inspector association?

Request to see their membership credentials.

  1. Do you participate in continuing education?

You want an inspector who is committed to continuing education to increase their professional knowledge and customer service abilities.

If you have any questions about home inspections, contact me via the email address or telephone numbers listed below.