What to Know About Home Inspections

Posted by on Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 at 11:44am.

A home inspection is an important part of any real estate transaction. Buyers should schedule home inspection to make sure there aren’t any unseen problems in a home. Sellers should enlist a home inspection so they can make any necessary repairs before placing the home on the market, therefore increasing your home’s value. Here are some things both parties should know about home inspections.

Home Inspectors Should Not Do Repairs

The American Society of Home Inspectors does not allow home inspectors to perform repair work. If your inspection turns up a problem with the home, you should hire a repair specialist. They will be able to give you the best possible service. Home inspectors may feel more inclined to find things “wrong” if they know they could get paid to fix them. Therefore, don’t hire a home inspector that also offers home improvements.

No Regulations in Place in Utah

You should be aware that there are no regulations in place for what a home inspector must do in the state of Utah. Because of this, those involved in the real estate transaction need to make sure the company hired is thorough. If you have any concerns about the home, ask the inspector to check that specifically. Hire a reputable home inspector. Your real estate agent will probably be a great resource to help you find a good company.

Attend the Inspection and Ask Questions

Whether you are the buyer or the seller, it is a good idea to be present during the inspection. This way, you can make sure that the inspector is being thorough and checking everything. You can ask specific questions about the home and address your possible concerns.

Home Inspectors Don’t Usually Check Yards, Roofs, or Walls

Most home inspections are typically non-invasive. This means they won’t go into the walls to check for dangers such as rot or mold. They also probably won’t climb on your roof. You’ll need to check the yard and fencing because this isn’t typically part of a home inspection either. If you are concerned about any of these areas, you may need to ask your home inspector about them specifically. They may not be able or willing to help, in which case a mold, roof, or landscaping specialist should be called. This, of course, is really only if there’s cause for concern. If the house is relatively new and shows no signs of damage, your home inspection may be enough. It is just important to know what is and isn't inspected.

Home inspections are important to conduct before a home sale is complete. Choose a good inspector and make sure they are thorough. Ask a lot of questions during the inspection so that you know exactly what is going on in the home. After the home inspection is complete, you should feel comfortable knowing the state and structure of your home.



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