RE-toolsAfter your offer has been accepted, you should hire a professional home inspector to conduct an inspection of the property. I recommend that you choose a home inspector that is certified by a trade association.

Some of the items typically investigated during an inspection are:

  • appliances
  • plumbing
  • A/C
  • heating
  • electrical
  • structure
  • foundation
  • roof and attic.

If any of the following are areas of concern, you can ask your inspector to address concerns regarding indoor air quality, expansive soil conditions, previous fire or flood, pests and mold. If you are obtaining a loan, your lender may require specific inspections, such as an inspection to certify that the home is free of wood-destroying organisms.

Additional inspections that you may want to consider are: a survey to determine where property lines are located, and a claims report, which gives Buyers the past insurance claim history on the property (a factor which can affect the cost of you homeowner’s insurance).

In addition to formal inspections, buyers should consider other methods of obtaining information about the property. For example, talk to the neighbors and drive around the neighborhood during different times of day. In touring the neighborhood, consider things such as proximity to freeways, airports and schools.