What is involved?
Basically, a home inspection is to inform the buyer of any readily visible major defects in the mechanical and structural components, and to disclose any significant health or safety issues by an independent agent who is not representative of the seller. Particularly in new construction the buyer wants to be sure all the wiring and finishing cables, systems are in fact complete.
Systems that are seasonally inoperable (swamp coolers, air conditioning, furnaces) may not be turned on during the inspection. Additional items that may be included are Radon testing and if requested the buyer can hire specialists to look at Mold, Asbestos and Lead if suspected. If items are raised of concern the buyer may be able to use this information to negotiate the final purchase price.
What should the buyer doing during the inspection?
If you really want to learn even more about home inspections I recommend reading a book called The Best Home Inspection Guide by Daniele L' Ami. (After writing this blog Jim Morrison, Boston Globe corespondent wrote a very good follow-up on How to Hire an Inspector in an article in this week's real estate section , April 10, 2019)
Wendy is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Needham and also works on the Lower Cape. If you would like to learn more about buying or selling a home please visit her at www.wendybcb.com.