What you should know about home inspections
Garrett daly is one of Ashley wilson realty group’s preferred vendors and is here to help clarify the purpose of a home inspection and how to utilize the information when purchasing a new home
Hello, my name is Garrett Daly, I am the managing partner at HouseMaster Home Inspections. We are an independently owned national franchise that has been around since 1979. We have been in the triangle area for about 5 years. I want to discuss some of the misconceptions of what a home inspection actually is.
A home inspection can definitely be a stressful, but important part of the home buying process. This is where a home inspector informs the home buyer about the deficiencies and maintenance that their new home is going to need.
First thing, a home inspection is not a pass or fail test. Many buyers think that the home inspector is going to give their new home a passing or failing grade. This will not happen. The home inspector provides a buyer with necessary information so they can make the best decision for themselves and their family. He or she will go over all of the deficiencies of the home, maintenance needs, and items to think about in the future. They provide a buyer with pictures of all areas of concern, their concern level, and recommended course of action. This allows you, the buyer, to be more informed and assist your agent in guiding you through your home buying process.
The second thing a home inspection is not – a to do list for the seller. This especially holds true in a seller’s market. The home inspection report is for your own personal information. However, it is sometimes used for negotiation tactics. Your agent will better assist you in this process.
The final thing a home inspection is not, is insurance. It is best for peace of mind and to make you as informed as possible. The home inspector rates all of the systems in the house and makes sure that everything functions as intended. They inspect for any signs of water intrusion and damage that could happen in the future. Ultimately, it’s your decision. At the end of the day, the home inspector should not tell you whether to buy the house. A home inspector is like what a news reporter is supposed to be: objective and reporting just the facts.