The In and Outs of a Home Inspection

Dated: 12/13/2019

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Let’s talk home inspections! Don’t let this process scare or intimidate you. It’s meant to help and inform you. Consider this your mini guide to home inspections:


What Is A Home Inspection?

A home inspection is an examination of a property to see if it passes basic safety guidelines. It also alerts the potential buyer of what will need work around the house if they choose to purchase. It’s a rundown on the condition of the home. 


Why Should You Get a Home Inspection?

Home inspections look at all components of your home so you can have a thorough report on the state of the house and avoid surprises of any major issues. Buying a home is one of the largest investments you’ll make in your life and home inspections will tell you exactly what you’re buying. Rest easy knowing home inspections are meant to keep you safe and informed.  On the flip side, sellers might have their home inspected to know what they need to update to help sell their home.


Who Should Inspect Your Home?

There are professional home inspectors you should call to examine your home. To make sure you are hiring a reputable home inspector, do your research and make sure they have the appropriate certifications and training to conduct an accurate and thorough home inspection. Your realtor should be able to reference a trusted home inspector, as well. 


When Should You Get The Home Inspected?

Once the purchase agreement is signed, you should call to schedule your home inspection. 


What Will The Inspector Be Looking For?

The standard home inspection is fairly in-depth and includes looking at the condition of the home’s heating system, central air conditioning system, plumbing, and inside electrical work. Your inspector will also examine the state of the roof, attic, basement, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, and doors. They will take a look at all visible insulation, the foundation of the home, and it’s structural components. 


What If Something Is Wrong With The Home?

If your home inspection finds issues, it’s up to you to decide if your budget allows for updates and repairs. Home inspections aren’t necessarily deal breakers on whether or not you should buy a home. Some sellers will even agree to pay for the repairs themselves.   


Do You Have To Have A Home Inspection?

Some municipalities require you to have one to make sure the home is up to code. There may even be a clause in your contract that says you must have one. 


Want More Information?

If you’d like more information on the home inspection process, contact a realtor in your area or connect with me today to receive advice! 

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Sherri Gramlich

I am a wife, a mom, a Grandma, a sister, a daughter and a Realtor. It is important to me to treat my clients as I would like my own family to be treated. I work ethically and honestly. My goal is a....

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