Is a home inspection really necessary? Who should order a home inspection; home buyers or sellers? Let's take a closer look at what a home inspection can do for buyers and sellers:
- Provides a visual examination of the structure, major systems (heating and air), walls, flooring, plumbing, electrical, roof, decks and more
- Home Buyers can have peace of mind when the purchase of a home is contingent upon the findings of a home inspection. Include a home inspection clause in the written offer if not already a standard clause. This allows the Home Buyer to renegotiate the purchase price or "opt-out" of buying the home. Also, if specified in the inspection clause, the cost of repairs can be the seller's responsibility.
- Sellers retain control if they order a pre-inspection before listing their home. This helps eliminate any surprises after an offer is made which could potentially jeopardize the sale. Also, a pre-inspection gives the seller the chance to disclose any adverse conditions up front. Another advantage of a pre-inspection will help potential buyers who might not be sure about buying a particular property make up their mind to go ahead with an offer.
Realtors can provide buyers and sellers with a list of certified home inspections. Be sure you use a certified inspector. The advantages mentioned above are just a few reasons why home inspections matter. Continue to read more about the importance of home inspections and the major reasons to have one written by home inspector, Dale Baker. Updated December 2, 2007.
Donna Yates, Realtor
North Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains