The Two Biggest Questions: Why and When to Have an Inspection?
If you are a homebuyer or seller, a good home inspection is essential.
Whether you are the buyer or the seller, the backbone of a solid
transaction between both parties is a reliable inspection.
Pre-Sale: Most good realtors will recommend getting a home
inspection BEFORE putting your house on the market. If the inspection
of a potential buyer reveals a major problem, you can be sure the
deal is off. Most buyers, even those who might be willing to have
you fix the problem, are not willing to wait to have it fixed. A
pre-sale inspection will put everyone at ease. Even if you would
rather not fix a problem, many people are open to a deficiency when
disclosed upfront. A buyer still has the responsibility for their
own discovery and should have their own inspection. But your pre-sale
inspection before showing the house makes for a smoother future
transaction, fewer renegotiations, a better chance the deal will
close and hopefully a lesser chance for problems arising out of
Pre-Purchase: No better money could be spent than on an
inspection before you make one of the biggest purchases of your
life. A pre-purchase inspection is not only your right in most states
but it makes good, common sense. Bring costly problems to the forefront
before you buy the home. Knowledge of these shortcomings may allow
you to renegotiate a price cut or terms for the seller to fix the
problem. Also remember to allow time for a good inspector to become
available. Two to three weeks should be enough time to get a good
The inspector's job is to provide you with a written report of
the home's condition and to all that is requested that is visually
accessible. At Four Points we recommend each client attend the inspection
so that we can outline problems that are discovered. Where appropriate
and possible we will describe how and why the problems occurred
and make repair recommendations.
A reputable inspector will never benefit from the sale or repair
of the home.
Inspections may vary from inspector to inspector, as it is impossible
to view each of the thousands of components that make up a home.
A good inspector, though, will have the experience to utilize time
wisely and focus on the most important aspects of the inspection.