If you’re buying a home, it’s always a good idea to get a home inspection. A home inspection provides you with details about things that may need attention or need to be repaired in the property. A licensed and insured home inspector has to follow state guidelines and protocols to make sure they are reporting accurate information about the property.
The home inspection report is usually a very long document, depending on the size of the home and the information is usually organized by category such as plumbing, electrical, etc. I really appreciate home inspection reports that show pictures of the items that are questionable or in need of repair. These photos really help both the buyer and the seller to understand what the issue is. This is also a great way for your real estate agent to negotiate any repairs or credits to the buyer.
Real estate agents need to remind their clients that a home inspection report is NOT a to-do list for the seller. The purpose of the home inspector’s report is to let the buyer know what is going on with the home, from a loose doorknob to an outdated water heater. The main issues that should be addressed are health and safety issues. If the home inspector reports on any issues that could affect the health and/or safety of the buyer then it should be taken care of by licensed and insured professional by the seller or provide a credit to the buyer so that they can hire a professional of their choice after closing.
A lot of home inspection issues can be resolved if the seller has pre-inspection before they list their home (Reference: “Real Estate Agents Vs Home Inspectors”). The pre-inspection, by a licensed and insured home inspector, will report any issues that a normal home inspection from a proposed buyer would provide. This will allow the seller to make the necessary repairs BEFORE the home is listed and will help provide an easier transaction with a buyer.
Written By: Shena Omotola, Dream Home Specialist & Broker Owner of Skyward Realty – Skyward Realty services Chicago, Suburbs, and Northwest Indiana
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