Home Inspections 101

How important is it for homebuyers to get a home inspection?

Thomas C. Brady

12/20/20222 min read

Welcome to the exciting world of home searching! As a potential homebuyer, you may have heard about home inspections, but aren't exactly sure what they entail or why they are important. Well, fear not! We're here to break down the home inspection process and explain why it is such an integral part of buying a new home.

Imagine you've found the perfect home and are ready to make an offer. Before you sign on the dotted line, it's crucial to have a home inspection to ensure that the house you are about to purchase is in good condition. That is where the home inspection contingency comes in. In New York, it is customary for the buyer to perform an inspection after getting an offer accepted, but before going under contract. This gives you peace of mind knowing that you won't be stuck with a money pit of a home.

Now, let's talk about what exactly a home inspection covers. Generally, an inspector will examine the exterior and interior of the home, checking for any issues or defects. On the outside, they will look at the walls, foundation, grading, garage or carport, roof, and windows and doors. On the inside, they will check the electrical system, plumbing, heating and cooling systems, and appliances. They may also examine the attic and crawlspace, if accessible.

During the inspection, the inspector will take note of any problems they come across and classify them as safety issues, major defects, or minor defects. They will also make recommendations for repairs or replacements that need to be made. It is important for the buyer be present during the inspection, so you can ask questions and get a firsthand understanding of any issues that arise.

Now, let's say the home inspection does reveal some issues. Don't panic! This is actually very common, and it does not necessarily mean you have to walk away from the deal. Unless you are buying New Construction, expect EVERY home to have issues. It just depends on the severity. For more major issues, your agent can negotiate with the seller to have the issues addressed or request a small reduction in the purchase price to cover the repair costs. It is important to note that a home inspection is not a total renegotiation of your offer. If the issues are severe and cannot be resolved, however, you have option to back out of the deal without penalty (as long as it is before you are under contract).

In summary, home inspections are a crucial step in the home buying process. They provide an opportunity for you to identify any major issues with the home and protect your investment. So don't skip this important step – your wallet (and your peace of mind) will thank you!

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