What Should I Expect Out of a Home Inspection?

Dated: April 8 2022

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Your dream home is absolutely perfect – great natural lighting, a modern kitchen, and it has that reading nook you always wanted! But how do you know if your dream home is healthy on the inside as much as it is beautiful on the outside? That is where a home inspection comes in.

A home inspector will check “under the hood” to make sure the roofing, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems are ready for you to move in! What is the home inspection process and what should you expect during your home-buying journey? Let's take a look.

 What is a Home Inspection?

When buying a house, you will want to make an informed decision about the home you are considering buying. A home inspection will help you determine the condition of the home as well as any safety issues before you finalize the real estate transaction.

A home inspection is a visual assessment of the condition of the home, and depending on the size of the house can take anywhere between 2-4 hours. A home inspector will complete a detailed walk-through of the home, taking notes and pictures. They will look at:

  • Heating system
  • Central air condition system
  • Interior plumbing
  • Electrical panels and system
  • Attic (if accessible)
  • Walls, ceilings, and floors
  • Windows and doors
  • Foundation
  • Basement
  • Structural components

After the home inspector finishes the walkthrough, they will prepare a detailed home inspection report that lists both minor issues and potential deal-breakers. When you receive a copy of the report, you can ask the home seller to address issues the inspector finds or complete the transaction knowing the sale is as-is. Discuss your options with your realtor - some of the issues on the report may be helpful in negotiating the price of the home. 

No home is perfect, so expect a few issues to pop up during the home inspection. It's up to you to decide if you can live with what is on the report or if you want the issues fixed before closing. It's important to note that a home inspector may suspect, but not have confirmation, of larger issues such as mold, radon, termites, or water damage. If the inspector alerts you to a potential problem, you may want to commission further home inspection reports from specialists.

If you are considering buying a home soon and are concerned about the home inspection process, our seasoned realtors can help answer your questions. Reach out today to connect with an agent to help you through the process.

Who Pays for the Home Inspection?

As the buyer, you are responsible for hiring a home inspector during the home-buying process. Before hiring a home inspector, ask for referrals from your real estate agent, friends, family members, or business colleagues. You can also check the databases of professional organizations like the American Society of Home Inspectors and the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors.

Home inspections vary in price and can range between $300-$500. Unlike closing costs, you are expected to pay for the home inspection at the time of the service, not at settlement. While this may feel like an unnecessary upfront cost, it can give you peace of mind your dream home is in fact, a dream! 

Make Your Move with Iron Valley Real Estate!

If you are a home buyer and ready to start searching for your next home, the agents at Iron Valley Real Estate York County are ready to serve you! With offices in York, Hanover, Carlisle, Gettysburg, and Selliinsgrove, we understand what buyers are looking for in Central Pennsylvania.  Several of our agents are also licensed in Maryland. If you're ready to sell your home, contact us today to start your home-selling journey. 


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