One of the most difficult parts of the home buying process is working with my buyers through the inspection results. We all want to know that what we are buying works now, looks good and will work for a long time to come; but that is not the purpose of an inspection. Inspections are done to make sure that what you are buying works now and does the job it is supposed to do. The main complaint these days is that the AC is over 10 years old and will probably fail soon. That could be true but right now the AC is working and doing the job it was designed to do. It might be rusty and not nice to look at but it is cooling the home. There is no way to know if that AC will last two months after closing or five years. It is not the sellers job to supply you with a new AC although it is the sellers responsibility to tell you how old the AC is and that you will have already seen in the sellers disclosure so it shouldn’t come as a surprise. Remember cosmetic defects will not be part of the inspection just mechanical or technical details that are not doing their job. Here are some tips for picking an inspection company. I give my buyers two companies that I have worked with many times in the past and they both do an excellent job. Call me if you would like a recommendation.
Courtesy of Keeping Current Matters October 2016
So you made an offer, it was accepted, and now your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. More often than not, your agent may have made your offer contingent on a clean home inspection.
This contingency allows you to renegotiate the price paid for the home, ask the sellers to cover repairs, or even, in some cases, walk away. Your agent can advise you on the best course of action once the report is filed.
How to Choose an Inspector
Your agent will most likely have a short list of inspectors that they have worked with in the past that they can recommend to you. Realtor.com suggests that you consider the following 5 areas when choosing the right home inspector for you:
- Qualifications – find out what’s included in your inspection & if the age or location of your home may warrant specific certifications or specialties.
- Sample Reports – ask for a sample inspection report so you can review how thoroughly they will be inspecting your dream home. The more detailed the report the better in most cases.
- References – do your homework – ask for phone numbers and names of past clients that you can call to ask about their experience.
- Memberships – Not all inspectors belong to a national or state association of home inspectors, and membership in one of these groups should not be the only way to evaluate your choice. Often membership in one of these organizations means that there is continued training and education provided.
- Errors & Omission Insurance – Find out what the liability of the inspector or inspection company is once the inspection is over. The inspector is only human after all, and it is possible that they might miss something they should have seen.
Ask your inspector if it’s ok for you to tag along during the inspection. That way they can point out anything that should be addressed or fixed.
Don’t be surprised to see your inspector climbing on the roof, crawling around in the attic, and on the floors. The job of the inspector is to protect your investment and find any issues with the home, including but not limited to: the roof, plumbing, electrical components, appliances, heating & air conditioning systems, ventilation, windows, the fireplace & chimney, the foundation and so much more!
They say ‘ignorance is bliss,’ but not when investing your hard-earned money in a home of your own. Work with a professional you can trust to give you the most information possible about your new home so that you can make the most educated decision about your purchase.
Remember it is always toasty in Naples and you deserve your piece of Naples sunshine and professional inspectors when you buy your home!