A home inspection is when a paid professional inspector—someone who has been trained and is certified—inspects the home, searching for defects or other problems that might plague the owner later. They usually represent the buyer and is also paid for by the buyer. The inspection usually takes place after a purchase contract between buyer and seller has been signed.
Yes. Buying a home "as is" is a risky proposition. Major repairs on homes can amount to thousands of dollars. Plumbing, electrical and roof problems represent significant and complex systems that are expensive to fix. Because of this, when looking at homes in Central Iowa, make sure to complete a home inspection beforehand.
Your REALTOR® is one source. Inspectors are listed in the yellow pages and can be found online. You can ask for referrals from friends. Ask for their credentials: are they bonded; do they carry Errors & Omissions Insurance; are they ASHI certified; are they certified to test for radon and mold. The cost of a home inspection varies from community to community as well as the size of the home. Please note that Hunziker & Associates has a list of qualified Central Iowa home inspectors available to you.
A Pre-List Inspection is done on the behalf of the seller before the home is listed. A Pre-List Inspection uncovers any potential problems that might come up after a contract is signed between a buyer and seller. Having the inspection done before the home is listed allows for any problems that are discovered in the inspection to be addressed before the home is ever put on the market for sale.
Most sellers like to make all minor repairs before going on the market in order to seek a higher sales price. In addition, nearly all purchase contracts include a buyer contingency "inspection clause," which allows a buyer to back out if numerous defects are found. Once the problems are noted, buyers can attempt to negotiate repairs or a lower price.
If you live in the Central Iowa area, and looking for home inspection information, look no further! Contact Hunziker & Associates to learn more.