When closing on a home, the home inspection is one of the most important parts of the process. Since most shoppers only get to do one or two brief visits before making an offer, it can be challenging to catch major issues. The home inspection gives you the opportunity to have a professional evaluate the state of the home before you move forward with the closing. Home inspections can't catch everything; however, they can help to manage the risk.
If you have an upcoming home inspection, our REALTORS® always encourage clients to attend, so you have the chance to ask the inspector questions. Here are some things you should be sure to ask:
- Is There Anything You Don't Inspect?
While home inspections are fairly exhaustive, they don't cover everything. If you're closing on one of these Bronxville homes for sale, it's important to ask your inspector what they will and will not inspect. For example, some inspectors won't climb on the roof or examine the chimney. Home inspectors also won't move furniture or examine anything that isn't directly visible, such as basement walls hidden behind storage shelves.
- What Do You Charge For An Inspection, and What Is Included?
The cost for an inspection likely varies based on the size of the home, but you can expect to pay between $300 and $700 for the inspection alone. It's important to ask if the price quoted includes radon, pest, or mold inspections too, or if those assessments are an extra charge.
- Do You Have Any Sample Reports?
The level of detail included in a home inspection report varies by the service provider, so it can be helpful to ask for a few sample home inspection reports up front. Take a look at the level of detail, note how it's organized, and check out what's included. Remember, the home inspection report will be at the center of future negotiations, so you'll want one that is thorough and clear.
- Is That A Serious Issue?
Every home inspection turns up problems; however, not all of them are serious or require immediate attention. Your home inspector should distinguish between what is a major safety issue or a minor flaw in the report; however, you can also ask during the inspection.
- What Would That Cost To Fix?
Following the home inspection, you may want to go back to the seller to request that they cover the costs of any needed repairs, so you'll you can try to gain a sense of what it'll cost to resolve the items in the inspection report. While the majority of home inspectors are not licensed electricians, plumbers, or roofers, many of them can give a very rough range or estimate of what you can expect to pay to resolve an issue in the home.
- Is A More Detailed Inspection Warranted?
If there is a major issue with the home, you may want to consider calling in a specialist to do a more thorough inspection of a particular issue. Home inspectors usually don't specialize in specific areas; however, they can tell you if a more detailed exam is required and can also refer you to other contractors.
- Can You Explain An Item In The Report?
Your inspection report will likely contain many items, some of which you might not understand. You should always feel free to call your home inspector after the inspection and ask for clarification or more details on anything contained within the report.
The home inspection can help you mitigate risks, so it's important to be prepared and know what to expect. Contact us today for more tips on buying your first home.