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What To Expect During A Home Inspection

Sunday, August 22, 2021   /   by Erica Texada

What To Expect During A Home Inspection

What To Expect During A Home Inspection
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When you are buying a home for the first time, you’re likely to run into many processes that you haven’t been through before. One of the most important parts of the purchasing process is your property inspection. This is your time to perform your due diligence to ensure that this home is for you!  It may seem daunting, but if you know your role it can make the process less stressful. Here is what you should expect from parties involved in the purchase process during the property inspection process.

The Buyer 

Your job will be to learn about the property during inspection. Before the inspection, you should prepare by looking over the seller’s disclosures or any other building department documentation that you’ve received up until that point. Make a list of any questions or concerns you have about those documents and address any issues, through your Buyer’s Agent, that the listing agent and/or seller may have pointed out. Ask your agent what the typical inspections times are for your market and make sure you set aside a few hours for the inspection.  Many inspectors here in North Texas will conduct the inspection then have the buyer arrive at the end, so they can walk them through all their findings and answer any questions that may arise.

The Buyer’s Agent 

In some cases, the buyer’s agent may not be present for the inspection.  Despite that your agent should know what to look for during property viewings, prior to the inspection, and be able to let you know what is important and needs to be addressed with your inspector before the transaction is complete and what is a quick fix.  After your inspection and your meeting with your inspector, you will meet with your Buyer’s agent to discuss any deal breakers that may have arisen that require a discussion with the sellers and their listing agent.

The Listing Agent 

In some cases, the listing agent may not be present for the inspection. Otherwise, the listing agent will be there to advocate for the seller and help to address any issues that may arise, as they are likely the most familiar with the property. 

The Inspector 

You will hire the property inspector as the buyer. Inspectors can be found by word of mouth, online, or by referral.  You can get a referral from your Brawn Sterling Real Estate agent to find a licensed inspector here in North Texas.  The inspector is there to explain what may need changed about a property and the potential cost it would have for you. They are not there as a contractor and will not be fixing the problems, simply inspection the property and overall state of the house.  The inspector, if they feel there are issues will advise you to consult with a specialist i.e.. roofer, plumber, engineer, etc. for a more information since they are not specialist in any field.