Address Hidden Problems
A home inspection is performed so that you are aware of the condition of the home you are purchasing. A home inspection is not a list of things that the seller is required to repair.
Almost all contracts include the condition that the contract is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory inspection. Jennifer strongly recommends that the inspection be performed by an experienced home inspector that you hire, not one that the seller has already gotten to inspect the home.
If the home inspection uncovers any problems that you are not willing to repair on your own after closing, Jennifer will prepare a document requesting the seller repair specific problems. All repairs are negotiable and not mandatory. If the seller agrees to repairs, Jennifer recommends that significant repairs be performed by licensed contractors.
When you are buying a home, you should always have inspections performed to check the condition of the following:
- Structural elements, foundation, etc.
- Heating and cooling systems
- Plumbing systems
- Electrical systems
- Fireplace, chimney
- Exterior façade, siding, etc.
- Decks, porches, etc.
- Termite and other pest infestation
- Moisture level under the house, rotten wood
- Septic tank/system
- Well (if applicable)
- Pool (if applicable)