The building or home inspection typically occurs within 10 – 14 days of getting a property under contract. The building inspection is an important process to validate the worthiness of the home you’re looking to purchase. Using an inspector that has a solid reputation is always a good idea since all inspectors aren’t created equal. I have a short list of inspectors that have proven to be extremely knowledgeable and professional in their craft and I’d be happy to provide you a referral if you would like.
The inspector will carefully investigate the property from its foundation to the roof and almost everything in between. There are a few limitations to the typical inspection, including things that aren’t visible (behind walls, under tile etc.), pools & hot tubs, inside chimney flues, natural gas fireplaces, and heating systems. Inspectors are specially licensed with the State of Vermont and use state of the art equipment.
The inspection typically takes 1.5 – 3.0 hrs and is an extremely valuable opportunity for a buyer to learn about the technical aspects and suggested required maintenance of your soon to be new home. Feel free to follow the inspector during the inspection and ask questions along the way. 24-48 hrs after the inspection you will receive a detailed (paper or PDF) inspection report.
With the info gained from the inspection, we will discuss your concerns, if any, and I’ll help you draft a strategy for an inspection response to the seller. In most cases, stating that certain things be fixed prior to closing or requesting a monetary concession from the seller will remedy any deficiencies found. The seller has the option to accept your inspection response or decline and it can make the difference on whether your house sale moves forward or falls apart.
If you have any questions or would like to talk about your interest in greater Burlington Vermont real estate, don’t hesitate to reach out to me as I would love to hear from you!