A Buyer’s Home Inspection Checklist


A Buyer’s Home Inspection Checklist

As a potential home buyer, you want to do everything you can to make sure the property you are interested in is in good condition and up to your standards. This includes ordering a professional home inspection. A home inspector will assess the condition of the property and provide a detailed report for you to review.

What Is A Home Inspection?

A home inspection is an objective examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation. While you are not required to order a home inspection, it is highly recommended. This is especially true if you are buying an older home, as there may be hidden defects that are not immediately apparent.

What Kind of Pests Does a Home Inspector Look For?

Home inspectors are trained to look for signs of common household pests, such as termites, ants, cockroaches, and rodents. They will also look for evidence of damage caused by these pests. 

What Do Home Inspectors Look For?

Home inspectors look for any WDI signs, such as leaks in the roof or windows, or cracks in the foundation. WDO can be difficult to spot, so having a professional home inspector check for them can give you peace of mind. Real estate inspectors look at: 

  • Roofs
  • Gutters
  • Chimneys
  • Foundation
  • Walls
  • Ceilings
  • Floors
  • Windows and doors
  • Stairways and railings
  • Porches and decks

Home Inspection Checklist 

As a buyer, you should be present for the home inspection. This way, you can ask the inspector any questions and get clarification on anything you don’t understand. You should also:

  • Make a list of any concerns you have about the property before the inspection.
  • Be prepared to ask questions about the inspector’s findings.

What To Do After A Home Inspection

Once the inspection is complete, you will receive a report. Review the report and decide if you want to:

  • Request that the seller make repairs.
  • Renegotiate your purchase price.
  • Cancel the contract.

You should also have a conversation with your real estate agent to discuss your options and decide on the best course of action.

Contact Our Home Inspectors 

If you are in the market for a new home, our team of certified home inspectors can help. Our real estate inspectors will look for signs of WDO, give a full detailed report, and more! Contact Mitchell Pest Services today to learn more about our real estate inspection services.

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