The buyer’s inspection is a standard part of a real estate transaction, and is intended to help a potential home buyer make an informed decision about whether to buy a particular house. This non-invasive examination process typically includes the roof, basement, crawlspace, attic, heating and cooling systems, plumbing, electrical, foundation, and other aspects of the structure.
The benefits of a buyer’s inspection are obvious. The inspector’s report will make you aware of any potential problems with the property so that you can make a decision about which, if any, items you’d like the seller to address before you move forward with the purchase. The inspector’s report will also highlight items that could become problematic in the future so that you will understand the risks you may be undertaking by purchasing a particular home.
A seller’s inspection, on the other hand, is generally done before putting a home on the market or as part of a decision as to when (and whether) to sell a home. There are a number of good reasons for a seller to consider a professional home inspection.
This is something a lot of savvy sellers do. It provides the seller with some warning in advance of what a potential buyer might say about their house.
Having an inspection completed in advance of a home sale allows the seller to identify and address any issues that could prevent or delay the sale of the home. It helps the seller avoid being caught off guard by problems that may arise during a buyer’s inspection, and affords him the opportunity to save time and money by completing necessary repairs in advance of selling.
Multi-Unit/ Condo or Townhome Inspection
Condo inspections would cover only the visible structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems inside the particular unit. Even though the overall physical condition of a condo development can be significant in determining how challenging it will be to resell your individual condo unit someday. There are many common elements such as hallways, façades and common mechanical systems that typically aren't examined by your inspector because they aren't part of the specific unit you're buying.