What is the purpose of a home inspection?
One of the most important aspects of the real estate transaction process is the conduction of a home buyer inspection. While in some cases buyers may waiver an inspection, you should know that what you see isn’t necessarily what you get.
That’s why it is wise (and recommended) to have an in-depth inspection performed before making the purchase. The cost of a general inspection prior to the conclusion of the sale may reveal defects or structural problems that were not included in the seller’s disclosure, mostly because they weren’t aware of them.
How you can benefit from our San Diego buyer home inspection
Rest assured, the results of a home inspection will help inform your purchasing decision and alert you to any major repairs needed in the future. Our licensed home inspectors are extremely thorough and will help keep your views about the property in San Diego as realistic as possible. Even if a seller offers documentation or a report of their pre-listing inspection, your personally sought out home buyer inspection will offer a fresh pair of eyes and peace of mind.
In a nutshell, here’s how buyers can benefit from comprehensive home inspection:
- It can detect serious issues that may require expensive repairs.
- Even the most subtle safety concerns and threats can be detected.
- Buyers may be able to decrease the price after the home inspection.
- It allows the buyer to feel confident about the purchase.
What does a home inspection include?
Our general home inspection is a non-invasive survey of the readily accessible parts of the property. Here is a shortened list of what it includes:
- Grading, covering, patios, porches, sidewalks, and driveways
- Soffits and fascia
- Doors, windows, retaining walls, gutters, and downspouts
- Grading and drainage
- Garages, foundations, footings
- Crawlspaces, floors, walls, roofing, chimney
- Grounding and bonding
- Panels, branch circuits, switches, breakers, and fuses
- Outlets, wiring, and lights
- Main water shut off valves, distribution lines, functional flow, and pressure, fixtures and faucets
- Vents, traps, drains, and water heater system
- Combustion system
- Cooling and heating systems
- Thermostats, ducts, and vents, etc.
- Walls, ceilings, floors, doors, windows, stairs
- Various appliances
- Cabinets and countertops
When should a home buyer get a home inspection?
A buyer home inspection typically happens after both the seller and buyer sign the purchase agreement. However, it is possible to conduct the home inspection before making the offer if you have the seller’s approval.
Even if the home inspection process occurs after the purchase agreement has been signed, the buyer will be able to back out of the deal if any grave issues are detected. For this reason, buyers often protect themselves by including a home inspection contingency in the purchase offer, which means that they will have the right to have the inspection within a specified timeframe and cancel the agreement or negotiate on repairs if any problems are found.
Who attends a home inspection?
There are several factors that will influence who attends a home inspection. Often, both the seller and buyer will be there during the inspection to witness the outcome, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. If they aren’t able to attend, their real estate agents may be there to join the inspectors and make sure everything is thoroughly investigated.
With The Inspectors Company on your side, you can rest assured that no problems will go unnoticed during your home inspection in San Diego. Our seasoned inspectors are meticulous individuals who leave nothing to chance when conducting your home inspection, making sure you are 100% confident in your purchase.
How does a buyer prepare for a home inspection?
Buyer home inspection is one of the most important steps when purchasing a new home in San Diego. While you may be inclined to think that the seller is responsible for preparing the property for the inspection process, the buyer has a significant role to play as well. Here’s how you can ensure maximum benefits from your home inspection as a buyer:
- Choose your home inspector in San Diego carefully.
- Ask the seller to prepare/unlock the areas you want to be inspected.
- Set aside enough time in your schedule for the inspection process.
- Keep your expectations in check.
- Be prepared for unpleasant surprises.
- Take your time when reviewing the report.
What to expect from the report
Should you, as a home buyer, decide to attend the inspection you will get our findings first-hand, though in a less comprehensive way than in the home inspection report.
After any type of inspection, whether it be a comprehensive commercial inspection or a thorough mobile home inspection in San Diego, you will receive an unbiased, objective written report listing what is in acceptable/good condition and identifying defects within specific systems and components as observed by our professionally trained and licensed home inspectors. They may include additional comments and remediation recommendations. Our home inspectors may also address any of your questions or concerns following the buyer home inspection.
How long after inspection can a buyer back out?
The buyer can receive their deposit in full if they choose to cancel the contract with the seller within the inspection period, which typically lasts for around 10 days. As this is not exactly a long time period, experts recommend that buyers start early and act promptly during and after the inspection process. Just keep in mind that you won’t receive a refund for the home inspection itself.
If you decide to go forward with your purchase but want to have some repairs done, you will have to submit a Buyer’s Inspection Notice with assistance from your real estate agent. This notice can only be submitted once and has to be made within the 10-day period. If you let the inspection period pass, this will mean that you have agreed to purchase the property in its current state.
Our San Diego home inspectors leave no stone unturned
As the leading home inspection experts in San Diego County, we are fully equipped to ensure that the transaction process goes smoothly for both the seller and the buyer. With us at your beck and call, you can have your peace of mind knowing that nothing was left to chance during the inspection process.
Each of the inspectors on our team is an experienced and InterNACHI-certified home inspection professional who brings their A-game to every job. Count on them to bring you maximum benefits and ensure complete confidence in your investment. Give us a call today!
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