In recent years, we’ve seen the prices of homes skyrocket. It truly is a seller’s market and with fierce competition from other potential home buyers, many people are choosing to forgo standard real estate home inspections before buying. 

If you’re on the fence trying to decide if spending the extra money and time on a home inspection is worth it, keep reading to get your questions answered.

What Information Does a Home Inspection Provide?

The biggest reason for a home inspection is to discover any potential health, safety, and repair risks that exist with the home you are considering purchasing. 

You should always get a home inspection because sellers and realtors are not required to have home inspections before they list their property, so any issues that exist with the home are the responsibility of the potential buyer to discover. Many times, long term home owners are so used to experiencing consistent problems or are unaware of them in the first place, that they end up not even recognizing them as potential issues when it comes time to sell. 

At Professional Home Inspection Service, we provide comprehensive home inspection services that investigate a wide variety of potential problems.

Our home inspections test for:

  • Radon 
  • Asbestos
  • Lead
  • Mold
  • Termite damage and infestation

Home foundation, structure quality, roofing and all other visible, major components of the home

Although Professional Home Inspection Service, does not do code inspection, we treat many code issues as safety issues as part of our home inspection, we do investigate heat and electric systems, ensure bedrooms have egress window(s), and confirm bedrooms meet ceiling height and safety standards, again all visible, major components are inspected 

Professional Home Inspection Service provides a full home inspection report to the potential buyer containing all health and safety findings and encourages potential buyers to join us during the inspection. 

When to Get a Home Inspection

In New York state, you cannot perform a home inspection without the seller’s consent. For this reason, the majority of buyers and sellers agree to a home inspection after a contract is already written and signed. Additionally, according to New York state law, home sellers are required to disclose any health and safety information found during a home inspection to the next buyer. 

You should not proceed until you get the results back from your home inspection unless otherwise directed by your realtor or real estate attorney because you may then be locked into buying a home with several safety and health problems. The best option is to include an inspection contingency clause in your contract so you are not forced to move forward and purchase a home with several issues you were previously unaware of. 

If the home inspection report does find any issues, you have several options:

  1. Reduce your offer 
  2. Ask the seller to make certain repairs before the deal is closed
  3. Agree to move forward with the deal and make the repairs yourself
  4. Withdraw your offer 

Thinking of buying a new home? Don’t pass on having a quality home inspection so you can know just what you are getting into. Contact us today to schedule your home inspection and to learn more about the assurance we can provide you! Remember – WE KNOW THE QUESTIONS YOU NEED ANSWERS TOO.