Are you in the process of purchasing a new home? Have you included a home-inspection contingency in your agreement of sale?
What does this mean? This means that you will get the right to have a licensed or certified home inspector check your "potential home" for flaws that might make you rethink your purchase.
During the home inspection, if the home inspector were to find problems (e.g, leaky roofs or faulty plumbing or cracks in the foundation) you could ask the seller to make repairs to these problems. If the seller tells you "no" and that they will not make these needed repairs, a contingency in your agreement gives you the opportunity to walk away without losing your earnest money.
As a home buyer, it is important to be aware that it is still your responsibility, both before and after you receive a home inspection report, to make sure your are getting the most thorough and professional inspection possible.
The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) is the industry standard for home inspectors in terms of ethics, education, and professional association. They have listed 10 questions to ask your home inspector, which I have provided below:
1. What licenses or certifications do you have?
2. How much do you charge?
3. How many years of experience do you have?
4. How soon will I receive your report?
5. Do you have errors and omissions insurance?
6. How big of a problem is this?
7. Are there any areas you didn't check?
8. Can you explain what this means?
9. What would you want fixed?
10. How much will this cost to fix?
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Bayside Home Inspections, LLC is happy to answer your questions. We welcome your calls and/or emails. We are licensed to provide residential home inspections in the state of Delaware and hold several additional certifications to provide radon testing and measurement, water sampling, wood destroying insect inspections and more.
We want our clients to feel comfortable knowing we are available and accessible to you along the process of purchasing your new home. Call us at (302) 500-0130 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.