Congrats! You have an accepted purchase agreement! Now the nitty gritty work happens… it’s time to finalize your loan docs, get home insurance and schedule your inspection. Your realtor will likely push you to set your inspection as quickly as possible. This is for everyone’s benefit. One, inspectors can get busy and there is a limited amount of time to respond to the sellers. Two, if there is a major problem, the earlier everyone finds out about it, the more time you have to decide how to proceed.
When scheduling your inspection, your realtor can recommend people to you, but you can use anyone you want. When you select an inspector, you want to make sure they have the ability to evaluate all the major elements of the home, including heating, cooling, structure, electrical, plumbing and more, so that you can make an informed home purchase decision. Keep in mind, the inspectors are general inspectors and you may need to call in additional opinions.
Once your inspection is scheduled, you will want to ensure that you are able to attend. The inspection could take a few hours depending on the size of the home, so it is recommended that you find someone to help with kids/pets/other obligations. During your inspection, your inspector will point out helpful home maintenance items. Additionally, while your inspection report will come with pictures and descriptions, being able to see the items in person and the ability ask the inspector questions is invaluable.