A professional home inspection can vary among localities, but, generally, the aim is to discover any problems with the home that might not be readily apparent. Most inspectors check to make sure there are no material defects or problems with the home.
The home inspection identifies any potential problems with a home.
Inspectors check to make sure there are no material defects or problems with:
A professional inspector should not be an alarmist. The idea is to point out problems without exaggerating defects. It's a good idea for the buyer to accompany the inspector during the inspection. In this way, the buyer is able to ask questions and to get an idea of the cost of any repairs that are necessary or advisable. Further, the inspector also may suggest ways to better insulate the home or offer maintenance suggestions that can prolong the life of operating systems such as heating and air conditioning.
Most buyers do not want to pay for an inspection until they have settled on other terms with the seller. To do this, the buyer often uses an inspection rider to provide that the offer to buy is contingent on a favorable inspection of the home. It is unethical for home inspectors who are contractors or architects (as many are) to angle for contracts to do the corrective work on defects they find.
The home inspection identifies any potential problems with a home. Contact a Real Estate Lawyer if you have any questions on the home inspection process and liability.
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