Being a first time home buyer can be a scary process. All the hoops you have to jump threw to get to the end of the process can be exhausting.
You applied for a mortgage, filled out all the required paperwork, and you’re now Pre-Approved! After months of hunting, you finally find the one! But wait, one more final hurdle, the home inspection. For first-time homebuyers, the home inspection can be a scary process. Not knowing what to expect or how the process is supposed to go. We at Home Inspection Carolina understand and would like to help you to understand the process of your home inspection better.
So what is the home inspector’s responsibility?
The primary responsibility of a home inspector is to protect you, the client. But first, you must understand how a home inspector protects you. Your home inspector is the generalist, think of them as your House MD. Just in the same way, you would make an appointment with your physician for a routine physical. If your physician identifies an irregular rhythm within your heart, they would then refer you to a specialist to further evaluate you and try and determine the next course of action.
The home inspector does the same for your home. When a home inspector finds an issue that needs to be further evaluated, they would recommend you to a specialist, such as a general contractor (GC), licensed plumber, licensed electrician, etc. This referral protects you, so you can completely understand the extent of any problems in your new home.
So why hire a home Inspector instead of a specialist?
You could just go directly to the specialist for each individual system. This, of course, costs you time and money. Scheduling multiple people to inspector your home at the same time can be difficult. The benefit of hiring a home inspector is that they have been trained within all systems of the house and have general knowledge with everything about the house. A specialist generally is only knowledgeable and specializes in one system or area of the home.
So, What should I expect from my home inspector as a First time home buyer?
Your home inspector is there to help you in making an educated decision when purchasing your dream home. Remember, don’t hesitate to ask questions. Your home inspector will conduct a visual inspection, looking for significant defects. Some may be cosmetic in nature, but your home inspector will mainly be focusing on significant items.
So, what are some questions you should ask your home inspector?
The whole process can be a little overwhelming, so we created some key questions you should ask your home inspector during the home inspection process.