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What is a home inspection?

Not only are we going to cover what a home inspection is, but the importance. You might think the answer is, “so I know what is wrong with the house”, but there is more to a home inspection than just that.

A home inspection by definition is a: “limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home.”

With that knowledge we can dive a little deeper.

Home inspections are only visual inspections; although there are standards of practice, inspectors are not required to move objects in order to get to items or places they could not normally get to. This is typically due to liability issues. For instance, if an inspector moves a shelf to reach a water heater and the shelf scratches the wall, the inspector now has to pay for the repair. Accidents happen, and that is why the industry attempts to limit liability.

Now the home inspection report is delivered to you and you know what is wrong with the house, what makes the process so worth your while?

Quite simply, the home inspection report should be used for negotiations in order to save you money!

If an electrical panel or roof has to be replaced, you can request the seller to assist you in replacing the item. Therefore, you just made your return on investment with the home inspection report!

Some may say, an inspector that is too detailed is a bad thing, however, this is not the case in most instances. Home inspectors are there for your family’s safety and to save you money. They are third-party companies that have no interest in the transaction. Ultimately, a detailed inspector or inspection company is a GOOD THING!

In the sale of a home, a buyer should do their research on their home inspector to make sure he is detailed for reasons above. If you are not sure what to look for in a home inspector, you may find this article relevant.

Comment your questions or contact us! We are always happy to assist.

Michelle Shishilla

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