Almost inevitably, a home buyer’s agent will bring up the subject of home inspection during the buying process. Some buyers may be inclined to overlook the importance of the home inspection; there is so much else going at that time that the inspection may just seem like another task to check off the list. However, a professional home inspection is the perfect opportunity to gain insight on the condition of the home you are considering – an unbiased evaluation that can provide much-needed peace of mind at a stressful time. This information can prove extremely useful and help you avoid unpleasant surprises.

A professional home inspection includes a visual assessment of the home’s systems and structural components, including heating/cooling, plumbing, electrical, roof, foundation, walls, chimneys, doors, and windows. Appliance systems as well as heating/cooling and plumbing are tested to ensure proper operation. This evaluation is then included in the written inspection report, which should include detailed findings and identification of any potential concerns. The report should also indicate any recommended repairs based on the inspection results. At that time, your agent may recommend that the seller complete needed repairs, or if not, that the cost of doing the repairs be reflected in the selling price.

To get the most out of your home inspection, accompany the home inspector during the process. This allows you to ask questions on site and get any needed clarification about potential issues that come up along the way. It’s a great way to get to know the home and locate key items such as key shutoff valves, the breaker panel and more. Attending the inspection will also give you a better understanding of any repair recommendations.

The home inspection is truly a key part of a smooth transaction and a confident purchase. Not only that, the inspection report will serve as a reference for details about the home once the purchase is complete. They say a little knowledge goes a long way; a lot of knowledge can take you even further.

Questions? Comments? Looking to buy or sell a house in Miami or Sarasota, Florida? Contact Kijner & Sons International Realty at info@kijner.com

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Source: 28th Edition of CRS Consumer Article (May, 1st 2013) - CRS-Pillar To Post Partnership - Article courtesy of Pillar To Post Professional Home Inspection