What to Expect from a Jupiter Home Inspection

Filed in What's Hot? by on December 19, 2017

Whether you are buying or selling a Jupiter home, the home inspection can feel intrusive, and even intimidating. Having a clear understanding about what the process entails, and what will happen during the inspection can help ease your mind so that you can be on the lookout for any issues or inconsistencies. Here’s what to expect during your Jupiter home inspection.

Meeting Your Home Inspector

Because there is not a Federal licensing requirement for home inspectors, there is no national registry. Most people rely on word-of-mouth when deciding who to work with. Some buyers ask for a sample report, so that they can understand what they’ll be getting, and if the work is comparable to that of other home inspectors in the area.Since home inspections can be pricey, it’s good to know what you’ll be getting before you make a final decision. If you’re not sure how to find one, your Jupiter real estate agent can explain how this works.

After introducing him/herself the home inspector should explain the process and what they are about to do. This is a good time to ask any questions or concerns that you might have. Inspecting a home requires focus, so asking questions during the inspection itself can be tricky. If questions pop up during the inspection, write them down so you’ll be able to ask them before the inspection winds down. In some cases, both the buyer and the seller are present at the inspection, but this is not always the case.

The Home Inspection

A thorough home inspection may take two or three hours. It’s not pass or fail type of inspection, but rather a way for sellers to provide information to buyers about the home that they are about to purchase. The entire home will be inspected from top to bottom, including any mechanical and electrical systems, plumbing, the roof, ceilings, floors, walls, windows and doors. The home inspector will take a close look at the heater, air conditioner and any major appliances included in the sale, to ensure that they are safe and in good working order. They will also enter the attic and crawl spaces to check for any issues.

While the home is being inspected, the inspector will take notes and pictures and may comment on any concerns that are discovered. The end-goal of this process is to obtain an objective, unbiased evaluation of the home.

While the home inspection will likely help you discover any major issues, some concerns are difficult to spot. If you are concerned about asbestos, mold or other hazardous substances, a more specialized evaluation, by a structural engineer or another professional may be necessary. The home inspector also might spot signs of certain pests, but if you suspect that there may be an infestation, it’s best to consult with a pest control specialist. It’s also important to note that while a home inspector will point out any concerns with the home, they may not have the resources available to ensure that the home is compliant with all local building codes, or within the rules and regulations of specific homeowners associations.

An experienced home inspector will likely spot any safety issues, particularly those that could affect your children or pets. If you’re a homebuyer, though, it’s still good to take a close look around so that you can address any concerns before the purchase is complete. The home inspection will uncover any significant concerns with the home, but the home inspector can’t determine if you’re getting a good deal or selling your home at the best price. Questions regarding the market and comparable home sales in the neighborhood should be addressed to your real estate agent.

Following the Home Inspection

The last stage of the home inspection is to review the findings with the buyer. Usually, it’s the buyer who pays for the inspection (thought this is not always the case) and they’ll also be the first to receive the findings.

The home inspector should share the photos and findings with the buyer and answer any questions that they might have. A more formal report is generated once the inspector returns to their office and supplied to the buyers.

A thorough home inspection report will include checklists, summaries, photos and detailed notes. The report should include an estimation of the remaining life on any significant systems, the roof, the structure itself and the paint and finishes. This will help the buyer and seller to determine if any repair work or replacements should be completed prior to closing.

If you’re the buyer, then once you’ve received the final inspection report, it’s time to sit down with your real estate agent and discuss any of the issues of concern that might be addressed via monetary compensation or repairs paid by the seller. The buyer’s agent will then reach out to the seller’s agent to negotiate any changes the original deal. Although sellers are not technically required to fix any specific issues, most are willing to work with buyers to ensure that that everyone benefits from the sale.

Preparing for a Home Sale

Whether you are buying or selling your home, it’s important to partner with a Jupiter real estate agent that you trust. Lillian Realty Group knows the area well and specializes in helping people buy, sell and rent homes in Jupiter Farms, North Palm Beach, Stuart and across the Treasure Coast.

We’ll not only help you to find a home that meets your needs and fits your budget, we’ll also work with you to understand the entire home sale process. We want you to understand the home buying and selling process, so feel free to ask us any questions that you have about home inspections. When you’re ready to get started, contact us. We look forward to meeting you!

 

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