Buying a home can be stressful and time consuming. Obtaining a home inspection can take some of the worry out of the process. An independent home inspector will give a buyer a complete picture of the condition of the property he or she is considering buying. Most houses are not perfect, and the inspector’s detailed report gives the buyer an unbiased evaluation letting him or her know what needs work now and what will probably need work in the near future. Obtaining a home inspection and reviewing the results with an experienced real estate attorney at Fradley Law Firm, P.A. in Jupiter, FL, can put a home buyer in an informed position to negotiate his or her purchase.
The Home Inspection
The type of inspection that a buyer needs depends on many factors. Of course, every buyer should make his or her own basic inspection. A buyer should also obtain a professional whole-house inspection by a reputable person to uncover defects that may not be readily apparent.
An inspector does not evaluate whether or not a buyer is getting good value for his or her money. Rather, the inspector checks the safety of the home, focusing on the structure, construction and mechanical systems to determine whether any repairs are necessary. Generally, an inspector checks the electrical system, plumbing and waste disposal systems, water heater, insulation, ventilation, heating and air conditioning systems, water source, water quality, potential for pests, foundation, doors, windows, ceilings, walls, floors, and roof. If the home inspector discovers a serious problem, the inspector may suggest a more specific inspection. A buyer should also consider having the home inspected for the presence of a variety of health-related risks, such as radon gas, asbestos or lead, if not included in the basic inspection.
Although a buyer need not attend the inspection, many buyers prefer to be present. Following the inspection, many home inspectors will answer questions about the report and any problem areas. The inspection also provides an opportunity to hear an objective opinion on the home’s quality.
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A wise buyer realizes that an extensive home inspection is a necessity, not a luxury, and that the cost of the inspection is money well spent. Inspections are designed to disclose defects that could materially affect the property’s safety, livability or resale value.