Exactly how do you know what is going on in a home you potentially want to sell or buy? Especially in a caveat emptor state like Alabama.
The answer is a home inspection! This is a chance for an outside, unbiased professional to provide insight on the condition of a home. Buying and selling a home can be filled with many questions and concerns, but knowing exactly what you’re buying or selling is a pressure relief valve.
Home inspections are provided by qualified professionals. They visually inspect the structure and components of a home and look for potential problems. They will provide a written report to you with a description of problem areas. They will also include recommendations for further evaluation from specialty services.
With your real estate agent at your side, they will guide you in how the results may affect the purchase or sale of your home. The buyer is most often responsible for the cost of the home inspection when negotiating a contract for purchase. Costs can vary but typically come close to $500.
Home inspectors are extremely important and can help you detect and avoid major pitfalls in the home buying process. How do you find a home inspector? Talk to your real estate professional. They will have references for home inspectors that they have worked with in the past and trust. However, they will not pick a home inspector, nor book an appointment with the home inspector for you.
In addition, ask friends and family. If you know anyone who has recently gone through the home buying process, they may have a good recommendation. Lastly, look for accredited affiliations. They can guide you in the right direction. For your peace of mind, you will want to know that the inspector is looking out for your best interest. It will be to your advantage to take your time, ask questions, and investigate various home inspectors.
What inspections will generally take place in your potential home?
Air Conditioning Systems
Solid Fuel Burning Appliances
Insulation and Ventilation
What will the inspection not generally cover?
Venting equipment with household appliances
Indoor air quality
Mike and Brandie Brown and the Josh Vernon Group are here to help you every step through your home selling and buying process. They are here to educate you about the process, help you understand what the inspection will reveal and help you navigate a solid contract with valuable information in your hand.