Home Inspections Protect Buyers, Sellers, and Realtors
Getting a professional home inspection is one of the best ways you can protect yourself during a real estate transaction. Remember, once you sign the paperwork, any problems with the property become your problem. Have a certified inspector look over the major systems to alert you to any major fixes that should take place before you become responsible for them.
During the home inspection the inspector will observe and report the current conditions of the major systems of the home including:
- Interior (room by room)
- Plumbing, including installed appliances
- Roofing and gutters
- Heating and Cooling
- Attic and crawlspace
A home inspector is like a general practitioner of homes. Their main focus is to identify major deficiencies or anything that could eventually become an issue for the property. In some instances, a specialist such as a plumber, electrician, or engineer may need to be contacted for a specific correction.
After your home inspection you will receive a digital report on the home with any deficiencies highlighted in a summary. You can than go over this summary with your realtor and decide what you might be willing to live with, what you’d like the seller to fix, or what you’d like to be knocked off the asking price.
In your Home Inspection Report, you and your Realtor can create and send your repair request list without having to exit out of the report.
What is Expected of the Seller?
The seller of the home should make sure that all of the access areas to the attic, crawlspace, and utility areas are clear of personal contents to allow for proper inspection. The home inspection should take 2-3 hours and the seller should be away during this time, especially during the your walk through with the inspector. This will give you a great opportunity to speak candidly about the home with your Realtor and the inspector.
Some sellers may not know what is expected in order to prepare for a home inspection. The following video will help clear up any confusion and help you get the most out of the home inspection.
If you are having a radon test done, a separate visit from the inspector will be scheduled to drop off or pick up the radon monitoring equipment. During the radon monitoring period, the seller may generally use the home under “normal living conditions”, except that all windows should be closed for at least 12 hours prior to the start of monitoring and remain closed for the duration of the monitoring period. More Information Regarding Radon In Montana is Available here
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