What to EXPECT from an INSPECTION
Updated: Jun 21, 2018
The home inspection is an important part of the real estate process. You've fallen in love with the home so let's make sure you'll still love it after the purchase. The inspection will identify any reasonably discoverable defects with the house. Rely on your agent to assist you during this process so that you'll be able to enjoy your home after closing.
As a buyer, you are not required to attend; however, it’s recommended that you are present so you can ask questions, look at the home more closely, etc. It’s certainly acceptable for you to invite your agent to attend as well. If you cannot attend, you will receive a comprehensive report that summarizes the inspector’s findings and any recommendations he or she might have.
How do I hire the inspector? You will want to make sure you work with someone who is certified or licensed. Your agent can help you by recommending reputable home inspectors to you. If your agent is not able to do so, you can check online resources such as the American Society of Home Inspectors' (ASHI), Georgia Real Estate Commission (www.grec.state.ga.us), and Find a Home Inspector tool, which lets you search by address, metro area, or neighborhood.
Will the inspection identify all problems and/or concerns with the house? Remember that a home inspector can identify any reasonably discoverable problems with the house. While the inspection is thorough in advising of any leaks, plumbing problems, electrical problems, code problems, etc., it will not discover all problems that might exist. For example, to determine the extent of structural problems, it might be necessary for you to hire a structural engineer to perform an assessment.
How long will the inspection take? The length of time an inspection lasts depends on the size and structure of the home. Generally, an inspection lasts from a couple of hours to three or four hours. An inspection on a smaller home could take two hours, while an inspection on a 6000 square-foot home could easily last four hours.
What do I do after I receive the inspector’s report? You will need to review the report with your agent. If there are any problems, your agent will work with you to negotiate minor repairs like broken handles. For major repairs, rely on your agent to help with submitting a formal request for repairs and/or replacement of items. Additionally, sellers are required to resolve some repairs or issues like safety (i.e., missing doors) and structural problems (i.e., defects with the foundation). Your real estate agent will be a tremendous asset to you during this step in the process.