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Joe Nernberg, Real Estate Pro in Calabasas, CA

What should buyers know about the home inspection process?

Asked by Joe Nernberg, Calabasas, CA Sun May 31, 2009

Homeowners - What was your last home inspection experience (good and bad)? Realtors - What should home buyers know about the inspection process?

I think most bank-owned properties are already discounted. There are multiple offers are homes in my part of California. Lenders don't care if there are health/safety/code issues. Utilities must be on for the inspection (some listing agents are neglectful in this regard). Home warranties do not cover pre-existing conditions. Don't wait to schedule the inspection until the last day before contingincies must be removed. There will be no time for further evaluations and estimates. Should the buyer attend the home inspection?

Finally, what questions about a home inspector's qualifications are asked besides the price? HINT: California does not license home inspectors http://(www.CREIA.org).

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We find the typical home buyer has a very poor understanding of the home inspection process. Our feeling is that inspectors would benefit from having a brochure or information card the provides a brief explanation of the inspection process, the areas it covers, what it doesn't cover and an explanation of the fee structure.

We encourage our customers to be present for the inspection but to not get in the way of the inspector as he/she does their job. This provides the buyer with a feeling of comfort, seeing the process....on the roof, in the attic, in the cellar, etc.
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