What To Look For When It Comes To A Home Inspection

Most Orange County Home Inspectors will tell you that the seller disclosure form can tell you a lot about the condition of the home, and get some obvious defects on your radar early in the game. Regardless, sellers are not required to actively search for problems in the home, just to list what they are already aware of.  This means that there may be many more defects that were not brought to your attention. As the buyer, it is your right and responsibility to hire a host of professionals to inspect the house for you, to fill you in on any other latent defects that were not listed by the owners.  In addition, it is advisable to look for Orange County Inspectors who are indifferent to the deal, to give you the most honest and complete inspections.

Here are a few of the inspections you should think about while having a professional home inspection conducted:

Property Home Inspection: a professional Orange County Home Inspector will be able to tell you the general condition of many aspects of the house, including many of the areas listed above such as plumbing, electrical, foundation, and more.

It is not the inspector’s job to fix these problems, but rather to assess them, and therefore likely won’t give you price estimates, but will be able to find anything that the homeowners weren’t aware of.

Pest Inspection: This typically applies to a VA loan.  Pest inspectors will check for wood damage caused by termites and mold damage caused by water leakages.

The inspector will look for both current and future damage, which could be the result of minor issues that if left unfixed could lead to damage in the future.  Our Orange County Home Inspectors say that the current damage will fall under the responsibility of the seller, with future potential areas of damage being your responsibility as the buyer.

Post-Inspection

In addition, our Orange County Home Inspection Service Providers say it is totally acceptable to include an inspection contingency clause, to give you the option back out of the deal if the inspection comes back unfavorably.  Again, once you have reviewed the inspection, you have the option to keep the offer as is, ask the seller to repair the defects, lower your offer, or terminate your agreement.

If you choose to proceed with the closing, it is always advised to do a final walk-through the day of or before closing. Often times, when the sellers move out their furniture and the house is bare, you may notice things you were not completely aware of in the past.

Our Orange County Home Inspectors say if the seller discovers any new defects during the process of moving out, they’re legally obligated to inform you of these as well, but unfortunately, you can’t rescind your offer unless you can prove that they knew about these defects beforehand.

Post-Move Of A Home Inspection

Now you have moved into your new house, and you discover more problems that were not disclosed.  What do you do? The best thing to do first is to contact the sellers and ask them to pay for the repairs.  In a perfect world, they are reasonable individuals and will pay in order to not get into legal ramifications.

However, if they deny previous knowledge of the defect, our Orange County Home Inspectors say you may have a court case on your hands.  If you make a claim within one year of the closing, you can sue the sellers for fraud, and if you prevail they will be responsible for the repair costs as well as the court costs.

Our Orange County Home Inspectors suggest you speak to your attorney about the best strategy to prove that the sellers were fully aware of the defect and failed to disclose it.

As you go through the process of figuring out the condition of the house you want to move into and navigating the negotiation based on that condition, it is essential to be working with a realtor who has seen it all, and can negotiate with the proper leverage to make sure you are getting your dream home, not a surprise remodel.

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