What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a visual evaluation of a home’s condition, and it is usually conducted before a buyer closes on a potential home. Home inspections can cause buyers and sellers a great deal of anxiety since the inspector will point out problems with the home or potential problems that may result if left in disrepair. The findings of the home inspector will help both parties determine which repairs are needed to move forward in the closing process. Are you worried about the home inspection process? Read 3 common mistakes to avoid.
Not researching your inspector or checking their credentials
Many buyers and sellers take whatever home inspector is recommended without doing additional research. Though you should trust your real estate agent, it is always a good idea to look into your home inspector just in case. You want a qualified professional with the appropriate credentials and a breadth of local experience.
Some credentials include memberships in professional organizations such as ASHI, NAHI, and IHINA. Each organization has its own standards and requirements, but it is worth it to look into if your home inspector belongs to any of these. Credentials are not the only value that your home inspector should bring to an assessment. Feel free to call your home inspector and ask about their experience with homes in the area.
Missing or not attending your home inspection
Many times, you might not have to be present at a home inspection. Though the inspector will submit a summary report of their findings, it is important to be present so you can really see where those problem areas are. During an inspection, your home inspector will also answer questions about their findings and give you some insight on maintenance. Though an inspector cannot encourage you to buy a home, they can still offer you a better picture on how extensive your home repairs may be or may become if not attended to.
Not reading the home inspector’s report
A home inspection is meant to be helpful, but it could only be helpful if you read its findings. After the inspection, most buyers and sellers are eager to move onto the closing process. It is important, however, to take the inspection report into consideration. For both buyers and sellers, this report can provide leverage in negotiating repairs. Buyers can ask sellers to take responsibility for needed repairs and sellers can make sure that the buyers are making reasonable requests (not home renovations). So take the time to read it and contact the home inspector if you have any questions.
Bodega Bay Real Estate agents are ready to help
Before you consider selling or buying luxury homes in Bodega Bay, call Dennis or Kathleen Erba of Bodega Bay Real Estate. We are the home selling and buying experts in coastal California and have a reliable network of home inspectors with proven track records. Call (707) 484-9857 or use our contact form to learn about our extensive experience and networks.