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Home Inspection - What is the truth? Home Inspection is one of the most misunderstood and misguided activities in the sale or purchase of a home. It's critical to know what to expect and which Home Inspectors are qualified to do the job right. If you aren't aware of these things, it could negatively affect the value of your home.Taking time to read the information on my website will help you gain acomprehensive understanding about a Home Inspection and the selection process of a professional Home Inspector. Utilize this information as a foundation for making the right choices!Why is it critical to have a Home Inspection? Answer:Buying a Home is an emotional event. This makes it difficult for home buyers to remain completely objective about the property they desire, which may lead to a poor assessment. Even the most experienced home buyer lacks the knowledge of all components and systems of a building. Real estate is the largest financial investment in your life; you want to make sure it's a solid one. Home inspections are important and necessary for your own protection and future security. Essentially, they are visual (non-invasive) examinations of the physical structure and numerous systems in a home or building, followed by a comprehensive report.Expectations during a home inspection must be kept in proper perspective by [website deleted by Zillow moderator. Please see our Good Neighbor Policy]
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Non invasive? You better be invasively inspecting the roof system, the foundation and the plumbing and electrical. If you don't , you are opening yourself as a home inspector to a lawsuit.
An interesting Denver case could get more interesting. A buyer tendered an offer and then gained access to the home to inspect. The buyer put holes in the walls and floors in an apparent search for asbestos. Obviously, they disturbed the asbestos probably insuring that they were exposed The upshot is the buyer withdrew their offer and the seller was thinking he should sue for breach.
Buyers routinely ask to inspect.
Talk to several inspectors and ask them ...
1) what they inspect
2) what they will not inspect
3) if you might need a specific inspector to look for other specific problems
Homes built between 1930 and 1950 probably have asbestos insulation. Asbestos was used in vinyl floors. There is also something called vermiculite that is also harmful. You should hire a professional who inspects for exposed asbestos. In any case, this is not something you should do yourself - unless you are a qualified inspector.
4) ask if they have omission and errors insurance
5) ask for a written report
6) ask if they are certified
This is a larger discussion. Longtime consumer reporter Tom Martino has a web site on the subject. http://www.homespeck.com/
7) ask if you will be allowed to tag along - red flag, if they don't
8) ask about discounts / what the inspection will cost
Considering all the problems that can crop up, an inspection can be worth the expense. Inspectors do not find everything. You should discuss this, too. What will they guarantee? If you don't hire an inspector, at the very least you want to check with the city to learn whether any work done on the house after its construction was permitted. Draw your own conclusions if there is un-permitted work. I always ask if they skipped that kind of detail, what else should I be concerned about.
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