Home inspections… do you need one and what happens at one?

May 13, 2014

Why get a home inspection?

If you are in the market to buy a home, you need to learn about home inspections.  NAR states that 84% of home buyers requested an inspection in their contract.  While typically costing the home buyer a few hundred dollars, a professional opinion from a home inspector when making such a significant purchase is money well spent and all homebuyers should be sure to get one.  Home inspections enable the buyer to get a better feel for the condition of the home prior to purchase.



What does the typical home inspection include?

Usually, the inspector’s report will review the present condition of the home’s heating and cooling system, interior plumbing, electrical systems, roof, attic, visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, foundation, basement and visible structure.  If problems or symptoms are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation.


What kinds of tests will be done? When do I do my home inspection?

Any specific testing must be requested in your Offer to Purchase.  Please talk to your agent about  testing when you write your offer.  And remember, a home inspection contingency has a deadline so arrange for an inspection right away after your offer has been accepted.

Here’s another article about Four things home buyer’s need to know about home inspections, from RIS Media.

Where do I find an inspector?  How long does an inspection take?

Your First Weber agent may have recomendations of inspectors to contact.  You may also be able to find some inspection resources here at the First Weber Concierge Desk.  If problems are found that need attention, chances are the Concierge Desk may have a vendor for that too.  An inspection usually takes several hours and you will be given a written report on the inspector’s findings.

First Weber wishes you the best of luck with your accepted offer and home inspection! For additional home buyer resources, please see our home buyer category. To search for homes for sale in Wisconsin, please see FirstWeber.com. Thanks for reading the First Weber Wisconsin real estate & Wisconsin living blog.

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