In general, buyers are entitled to conduct a series of inspections on the property that they are about to purchase. After an offer has been accepted, your HomeSmart Agent will assist you in hiring a professional inspectors to conduct inspections of the property.
We understand the competitiveness of the current market and how that may affect how offers are structured. At HomeSmart, we recommend that inspections be performed and that you choose a home inspector that is licensed and certified.
Some of the items typically investigated during an inspection are: appliances, plumbing, A/C, heating, electrical, structure, foundation, roof and attic. If any of the following are areas of concern, you can ask your inspector to address concerns regarding indoor air quality, expansive soil conditions, previous fire or flood, pests and mold. Lenders may require specific inspections, such as an inspection to certify that the home is free of wood-destroying organisms.
Additional inspections that you may want to consider are: a survey to determine where property lines are located, and a claims report, which gives Buyers the past insurance claim history on the property (a factor which can affect the cost of you homeowner’s insurance).
In addition to formal inspections, Buyers should consider other methods of obtaining information about the property. For example, talk to the neighbors and drive around the neighborhood during different times of day. In touring the neighborhood, consider things such as proximity to freeways, airports and schools.
Your HomeSmart Agent can also provide you with resources for obtaining information on crime statistics, city planning and zoning, school information and environmental concerns which may affect your decision to purchase.
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