Question: How Long Should A Good Home Inspection Take?

about 3-4 days

What is the average time for a home inspection?

A. It depends upon the size of the home and the number of rooms. An average inspection takes about 2-2½ hours (1-1½ hours for a condo). The time is well-spent considering there are more than 500 components in the average home.

Can the seller be at the home inspection?

The sellers should not be present during the home inspection for all the same reasons the sellers aren’t present for showings. Buyers will often have questions about defects during the inspection which can only be answered out of earshot of the seller, as the buyer owns the information from the home inspection.

What fixes are mandatory after a home inspection?

Common seller repairs after home inspection

  • Major electrical issues that are safety or code issues.
  • Plumbing, drainage, sewer, septic, or water issues (or well water issues, if applicable)
  • Mold or water damage.
  • HVAC problems that affect home comfort.
  • Leaking roofs or missing shingles.
  • Termite and pest damage.

Is a home inspection really worth it?

Home inspections are not mandatory, but it is a good idea to be there. However, the cost of a home inspection is worth it. It is better to pay $400–$500 for a report you don’t need, than to skip it and pay $3,000 for a new roof within a year of buying your new home.

Does seller pay for repairs after inspection?

State laws, including seller disclosure laws, are the only instance where a seller is obligated to pay for repairs after a home inspection. For everything else, it’s up to the negotiations between the buyer and seller, and who pays for what depends on what is decided after the inspection report comes in.

What a home inspector looks for?

A home inspector will look at a house’s HVAC system, interior plumbing and electrical systems, roof, attic, floors. windows and doors, foundation, basement and structural components, then provide a written report with results.

Should you share home inspection with seller?

The home inspection should not be explicitly used for renegotiating the offer to purchase with the seller either. In other words, if you have noticed defects before making your offer that is clearly visible, don’t expect the seller to fix them.

What are home inspectors not allowed to do?

During an inspection, a home inspector is not able to move furniture or cause damage to any part of the home; home inspections are visual inspections. This means that a home inspector will not be able to tell if there is a defect behind the drywall, or under the carpet or floorboards of the subject property.

Who is present for a home inspection?

The Buyer. In many cases, the buyer or the buyer’s real estate agent will be present for the inspection. It is typically to the buyer’s benefit that he or she is present.

Do sellers have to make repairs?

If the Seller Refuses

Even if your requests are reasonable, the sellers may still reject your addendum. In most cases, the sellers have no obligation to fix anything. It’s possible that the seller won’t make repairs after the inspection and refuse to offer credit.

Can you negotiate repairs after home inspection?

Most buyers do end up needing to negotiate repairs after a home inspection, but look at it as a good thing—it’s much better to have the seller handle necessary repairs than be on the line for them once the home is in your name.

What happens if Seller fails to repairs?

In short, if an Amendment to the contract regarding repairs has been executed then it is part of the contract. If the Seller does not follow through with repairs on an Amendment to the contract in the timeline specified in the Amendment, then the Seller would be in Default.

How do sellers negotiate repairs?

Here are three buyer tips for negotiating repairs after a home inspection.

  1. Ask for a credit for the work to be done. The sellers are on their way out.
  2. Think ‘big picture’
  3. Keep your plans to yourself.
  4. Eyes wide open.

Can seller walk away after inspection?

Can the seller back out of the contract after the home inspection? The home inspection is a key time for sellers to back out of a sale, usually because buyers will ask for sellers to make repairs to the property or issue a “repair credit” to cover those costs, which can easily cancel the real estate contract.

Who pays for home inspection if deal falls through?

A: An appraisal is not part of the closing cost. It has nothing to do with the seller, it is ordered by your Lender and payment is due regardless of the outcome. It is typically paid by the buyer unless specifically negotiated ahead of time to be paid by the seller.