No home is perfect. Anything from major damage to minor maintenance issues are often found. Even new homes are not immune – they could have problems with the plumbing, electrical system, heating and cooling system, or the roofing system just to name a few.
Before the inspector arrives, there are a few things you should know. There are no federal regulations governing inspectors. The laws are going to differ state by state. Therefore it’s important to interview your inspector or inspection company prior to hiring them. Since each state is going to have their own standards of certification for inspectors – and some don’t even have any – credibility is a big issue in choosing the right inspector. Ask what certifications your inspector holds and what associations he or she belongs to. Associations such as the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), have membership requirements that include minimum levels of experience and training as well as codes of ethics. Ask your inspector and then visit the association’s website.
Once your inspector has arrived, it is recommended that you accompany him or her on the inspection of the property. This is so you can become familiar with the home and its systems as well as exactly what repairs the inspector recommends and why. You might also want to prepare a list of items that you’ve seen in the home that you feel are cause for concern as well as any questions you may have. The inspection is a great time to find out where the home’s water and gas shutoffs are and where the fuse box is.
Here are some other suggestions for homeowners:
Smart buyers, sellers, and real estate professionals ask for a professional, independent home inspection. Why?
An Inspection Protects the Buyer
A Pre-Listing Consultation Advises the Seller
Assists Real Estate Professionals
For homeowners, it’s important to be aware of any issues your home may have prior to putting it on the market. A pre-listing home consultation will ensure that you’re aware of any problems and can take care of them on your terms – or present them as-is and adjust your selling price proportionally. The alternative sometimes leaves you open to costly surprises and delays, and even potential deal-breakers once you’ve entered negotiations with the buyer.
A thorough pre-listing consultation before the home is placed on the market:
1. Identifies repair issues ahead of time allowing early resolution of those items.
2. Eliminates last minute repairs that could delay closing.
3. Decreases the possibility of unknowns or those "little surprises" and sometimes "big ones" causing a sale to fall through or be delayed.
4. Gives the seller more control over the selling process.
5. Makes your home more marketable and attractive to buyers.
6. With a pre-listing consultation, potential buyers will know you are a sincere and committed seller.
7. Eliminates issues that a buyer's independent inspection will reveal.
8. Allows you to address problems head on and get them resolved ahead of time.
9. Allows you to retain more control over the selling price.
10. Once negotiation has started, it is more difficult to resolve these issues without re-negotiating the price.
11. Allows the seller to minimize the number of surprises.
Many items identified during a home inspection have simple solutions which most homeowners can resolve themselves. Identifying and correcting these items before the sale keeps the seller in the driver's seat!
Choose wisely! Not all inspection companies are the same; With Benchmark Inspections, you can gain peace
of mind about your investment.
We encourage the buyer to accompany us on our inspection. We will familiarize you with your new purchase while pointing out areas of concern. This way you will become more familiar with how your new home works than you could ever become on your own.
Our exclusive Home Inspection Analysis Report addresses over 300 items. In this easy to read, state of the art report, you'll have 16-20 pages outlining the condition of the home from our thorough examination.
You'll receive an independent evaluation of the physical condition of the property (we do not participate in any referral or construction activities). We promise to provide you with a fair, accurate and unbiased opinion about the condition of the home.
We are happy to work with you to expedite your inspection. The inspection time usually varies, so allow two to three hours for our visit.