The Home Inspection Process
A buyer puts an offer in on a home. Once the offer is accepted, you typically have anywhere from 10-15 days to complete inspections. Your time frame depends on what is put into your agreement of sale. Typical inspections include: a home inspection, radon and wood infestation where they typically look for termites.
Next, is time to hire an inspector. Do not hire an inspector based on pricing. This is a large investment you are making, you want an experienced inspector who knows what they are doing. We have a few home inspectors we recommend known for their experience, knowledge and integrity.
Buyers want to be present for the inspection. Sellers - it is best to leave the home during the inspections. Once the inspection is complete, the buyer will receive a report. Your agent will review the report with you and advise you on what repairs to ask for, or whether a credit is a better possibility. The buyer’s agent will then submit your request (what we call the reply to inspections) to the Seller’s agent. And the seller’s agent will address the reply to inspections with the seller and the negotiation process begins again.
If you are a home seller, we review the inspection process in more detail at our home selling seminars. Be on the lookout for upcoming dates.