What Happens During a Home Inspection

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When you’re ready to buy a home in Minnesota – you want to make sure you have a home inspection done. A professional home inspection can help you learn a lot about a home you’re buying – from the roof to the foundation and everything in between.  Here’s what you need to know before you have a home inspection done.

What happens during a home inspection?

The standard home inspector’s report covers the condition the home is in. It will go over the house’s heating system, central air conditioning system (unless it’s the middle of the winter), plumbing and electrical systems, the roof, attic, walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors, foundation, basement and the basic structural aspects.

Hire a Professional Home Inspector

Make sure you’re hiring a professional home inspector. The American Society of Home Inspectors and the National Association of Home Inspectors require members to abide by certain standards of practice and to strict codes of ethics. Ask friends and family for recommendations. You can also check with your real estate agent or REALTOR® in Minnesota for recommendations on home inspectors to choose from.

How long does an inspection take?

A home inspection takes a few hours – and it does typically cost a few hundred dollars. Remember that your home can’t ‘fail’ an inspection. Checking the structure, plumbing and electrical just means taking a closer look to see what repairs might need to be made. The time is also spent checking to see if there are any serious problems – like flooding or the foundation – that you’d hate to learn about after you purchase the home.

What tests should I have done during a home inspection?

Some tests are not standard parts of a standard home inspection. Talk with your inspector to make sure he or she will inspect the roof. Do they do tests for radon, mold, lead or asbestos? You can often do radon and lead paint tests on your own with DIY kits you can buy in stores or online. Tests for things like asbestos and mold typically need to be done by a professional so ask if your inspector can do those. If not, ask for a recommendation on someone who can.

After Your Home Inspection is Complete

Once you have the inspection done, you’ll get an inspection report. You’ll need to look at the issues – both minor and major – that have been found. Then – look at what you’re ready to fix yourself and which items you may ask the seller to make before you close.

Inspections can sometimes be helpful before you sell a home as well. You’ll earn about any small repairs to make before putting your home on the market. And – if there are major issues you can create a plan of action to fix them.

The Minnesota Association of REALTORS® is the largest professional trade association in the state with more than 19,000 members who are active in all aspects of the real estate industry. REALTORS® are dedicated to home ownership and helping people looking to buy and sell homes in Minnesota.

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