May 18, 2019 at 4:10pm | Shauna Gut
If you are purchasing an existing home, Elite Home Finders believes a home inspection is a M-U-S-T and is not even up for debate. Not only is it for your protection as the buyer, but it will help give you peace of mind to know you are making a good purchasing decision.

A good home inspection will help you identify any current and potential problems with the property and will better prepare you for any repair and maintenance costs you may encounter as a new homeowner. (This is not uncommon.) Homes age just like we do, and they need that TLC to keep them in good shape!

Who Chooses the Inspector?

You as the buyer have the right to select the home inspector of your choosing. If you do not know of one or do not feel comfortable doing it on your own, your agent can help you with this. They typically have working relationships with home inspectors, and a good agent can provide a qualified opinion as to that inspector’s quality of work. But just because they refer someone, don’t feel pressure or the obligation to use them. Ultimately, the choice is completely up to you.
How Does It Work?
Your agent will work with the sellers and their agent to coordinate the inspection date/time. Your agent will typically be present, and it is optional for you to be. We encourage our buyers to be present after the home inspection is complete to ask questions of the inspector’s findings or to physically view issues that did come up during the inspection.
The inspection is very extensive, and you can expect your inspector to test and inspect a wide range of items including appliances, electrical outlets and fixtures, plumbing, foundation and structure, and water and gas lines to name a few. Expect it to take one or two hours and another business day for the final report to be completed. You will be provided with a copy to review with your realtor.

Also, keep in mind that a home inspection should be done within the due diligence period specified in your purchase agreement. Ask your agent if you are not sure what this date is.

How Much Does It Cost?
It can vary depending on the complexity of the property, but it typically ranges between $300-$600. If this seems like a lot of money, consider how much money it can save you if the inspection report identifies multiple repair items - think AC units, leaky appliances, damage sprinkler heads, etc. Knowing about these ahead of time allows your agent to negotiate these with the seller and have them fixed (at the seller’s expense, not yours) before closing.

I hope you found this brief explanation helpful and informative!

If you are considering buying or selling a home and have any questions about your particular fees, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are happy to assist to make sure you get the answers you need.

Contact us at: | (702) 222-3366.


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