Home Inspections

Every Purchase and Sales Agreement should include a Home Inspection to Protect the Buyer

By Mark J. Donovan

A home inspection should be included as one of the key contingencies in any purchase and sales agreement of a home. The home inspection results should be provided to the buyer in writing, and the buyer should have the rights to terminate the sales agreement if he/she is not satisfied in any way with the results. Alternatively the buyer can ask the seller to make the repairs or improvements to the home prior to closing on the home.

A home inspection consists of a number of key elements. At the most basic level a home inspector should complete a visual examination of the property from the foundation to the roof, both from the inside and the outside of the home.

He or she should inspect to confirm that the home is structurally sound, that all electrical and mechanical items are working properly, and that there are no pest or hazard material issues. In addition, the home inspector should be able to confirm that the home is constructed to all local building codes. Home inspections are very detailed.

Consequently you should expect a home inspector to check every single appliance, electrical outlet and switch, and door and window to ensure that they are working properly. They should also carefully examine the home for water issues or damage, particularly in basements, crawl spaces, and attics. They should also carefully examine the roof to determine the state of shingles, flashing, and the overall roof structure integrity.

In addition to the basic home inspection the home inspector, can perform a variety of other inspections and tests.

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These include, but are not necessarily limited to, water quality tests, lead paint tests, septic system tests, and radon/air quality tests. Each test comes with an additional price tag.

There are also home inspection standards that home inspectors should follow. Make sure to check with your state’s home inspectors association to understand what specific tests should be performed on the home you’re considering purchasing.

The home inspection test report should clearly indicate the home inspector’s findings, and whether or not the findings comply with federal, state and local standards. Any discrepancies, deficiencies, or hazards should be highlighted for easy review by the buyer. There should also be a concluding narrative of the home inspectors overall opinion of the state of the property evaluated.

To find a home inspector in your local area check the American Home inspector Directory, which maintains a national database of home inspectors. Similarly you can find a home inspector via Renovation Expert’s national database of contractors and home inspectors.

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Simply fill out their free form and 3 to 4 home inspectors in your local area will contact you. There is no charge or obligation to use this service or any one of the home inspectors.

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