What is a pre-purchase inspection?
A pre-purchase inspection is an inspection done prior to closing on the sale of a property. Typically, a buyer will write a contract contingent on the completion of a home inspection. This type of inspection is a detailed non-destructive visual evaluation of the function and safety of a home. The age and condition of all the aspects of the home are assessed. A mold or radon inspection may also be necessary in order to find other serious problems in the home.
Why have a pre-purchase inspection?
It is the responsibility of the buyer to be an informed consumer. Appearances can be deceiving and at first glance a property may seem clean and well cared for but upon expert examination, the same property could be found to have major costly or hazardous problems. Buying a house without a home inspection first is a risk; you are assuming that the property is in absolutely perfect condition from foundation to roof, when in fact there are many major problems possible that could cost you thousands. After you have signed the deed there is no turning back, you will assume all financial responsibility for the maintenance and repair of that property. A home inspection prior to the purchase of the home can alert you to any major or minor repairs needed and give you, as the buyer, the opportunity to request that the seller make some necessary repairs, adjust the purchase price, or make other changes to the contract before the purchase is finalized. The cost of the home inspection is relatively small when compared to the astronomical cost of many home repairs. A buyer can save a lot of money by having a home inspected prior to purchase.
“The inspection was above most inspections. Baltimore Home Spec. Did a detailed inspection and gave me a top notch report.”
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Project: Inspection – General Home (Home Inspector)
What is inspected?
We strongly encourage you to be present at the time of your inspection, ask questions during the inspection, and thoroughly read your home inspection report afterwards. The pre-purchase inspection is typically about 1 and 1/2 to 2 and 1/2 hours, depending on the size and condition of the property. We usually try (schedule permitting) to arrive about 1/2 an hour before the scheduled time in order to assess the exterior of the home; if problems are found we will advise the buyer when he/she arrives at the scheduled time. The inspection involves the investigation of the home from foundation to roof. The areas inspected are:
- All Bathrooms and Plumbing
- Interior (Including Fireplaces, Doors, Stairs, Flooring, Windows, Skylights, Appliances, Ceilings, Walls)
- Exterior (Including Chimneys, Porches, Decks, Patios, and Garages)
- Grounds (Including Grading, Sidewalks, Driveways, and Fencing)
- At the conclusion of the inspection the buyer will be given a complete copy of the report to keep.
After the Inspection
After the inspection we encourage you to review all the information you received carefully. Remember to be realistic about your requests of the seller (if you have any) when it comes to making home repairs. Think carefully about what you can and can’t do or afford as a new home owner and what repairs really are necessary for the purposes of the function or safety of the home. The information in the inspection report will help you budget for repairs, learn how to maintain your new home, and most importantly, help you to make an informed purchase decision. As always, if you need to contact us to ask any further questions before making a decision we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. As home owners and experienced home inspectors we understand how stressful buying a house can be.