Tips for a Smooth Home Inspection
A home inspection can help to identify components of a home that are significantly deficient, unsafe or near the end of their life.
Inspectors will identify major issues such as cracks in the foundation, a roof in need of repairs, or smaller issues such as electrical outlets that do not work.
There are things you can do to help the inspection process run smoothly, including:
- Hire an experienced, certified professional home inspector. Shop around but don’t choose an inspector based solely on cost of services.
- Sign an agreement that identifies everything that the inspection covers and its cost, before the inspection occurs.
- Schedule the inspection early enough that you have time to for a follow-up visit by a professional to address any issues that come up – such as mold.
- Do not include the homeowner/seller in the inspection. Sellers often don’t believe there is anything wrong with their home. For the inspection, it is best if only you and your agent are present.
To learn more about home inspections, or to view a home inspection checklist, visit Zillow.com.
Source: Freddie Mac