Briefly, a Home Inspector is a crucial part of the success of a property purchase and to most real estate transactions. They identify visual defects of the property and report them to the potential buyer so the buyer can make an informed decision about what to fix or if they want the property at all.
1. Home Inspectors Identify Defects of a Home
During real estate transactions, a potential buyer has a right to know the condition of the home before committing to the purchase. Most people are not experts in electrical standards, plumbing, foundation issues, or most construction standards. That’s where the Inspector comes in! An inspector is hired as a third-party service to identify defects in the home. Most inspectors will identify defects that are visible at the time of the inspection. By this, we mean that inspectors do NOT cut into walls to inspect wiring, they do NOT rip up carpet to inspect underneath, and they do NOT use invasive methods to determine if something is defective or not. You might be thinking, “Well, how do they know when there’s a defect?” Good question. The answer…THEY GET TRAINED.
A qualified inspector will be trained, certified, and state licensed (if required). Inspectors learn how to identify defects with non-invasive strategies to ensure that they provide the most accurate information as possible without damaging the home. If a buyer needs something inside the walls, floor, or hidden area to be inspected then they would hire a specialist in that category to inspect appropriately.
2. Home Inspectors Report the Defects Found
Throughout the process of finding defects in a home, an Inspector will be reporting these defects so they can provide necessary information to the client. The report can range from a handwritten list to a 100-page digital PDF with color photos. It really depends on the Inspector. We think more is more. A home is one of the biggest investments a person can make and giving them as much information as possible is much better than not giving them enough. This report should give an outline of the defects, summary of major defects, and detailed information about what the defect is and why it is a defect. Some inspectors will review the entire inspection report with the clients in case the clients have questions about the home. This is a good practice because it gives the inspector a chance to elaborate important information. After the client has this report, they are able to use the findings to request any objections to their contract and may get the opportunity to have the defect(s) fixed prior to moving forward with the contract.
So, now what? Now…you get trained as a Home Inspector so you can help others find their dream home! Attend Axium Academy to learn more about our inspector training courses.