For Your Protection, Get A Home Inspection
WHY A BUYER NEEDS A HOME INSPECTION
A home inspection gives the buyer more detailed information about the overall condition of the home prior to purchase. In a home inspection, a qualified inspector takes an in depth, unbiased look at your potential new home to:
- Evaluate the physical condition: structure, construction and mechanical systems.
- Identify items that need to be repaired or replaced
- Estimate the remaining useful life of the major systems, equipment, structure and finishes.
APPRAISALS ARE DIFFERENT FROM HOME INSPECTIONS
An appraisal is different from a home inspection. Appraisals are for lenders; home inspections are for buyers. An appraisal is required to:
- Estimate the market value of a house.
- Make sure that the house meets FHA minimum property standards/requirements.
- Make sure that the property is marketable.
RADON GAS TESTING
The United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Surgeon General of the United States have recommended that all houses should be tested for radon. For more information on radon testing, call the toll-free National Radon Information Line at 1-800-767-7236. As with a home inspection, if you decide to test for radon, you may do so before signing your contract or you may do so after signing the contract as long as your contract states the sale of the home depends on your satisfaction with the results of the radon test.
FHA DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE VALUE OR CONDITION OF YOUR POTENTIAL NEW
If you find problems with your new home after closing, FHA cannot give or lend you money for repairs and they can’t buy the home back from you. That is why it is so important for you, the buyer, to get an independent home inspection. Ask a qualified home inspector to inspect your potential new home and give you the information you need to make a wise decision.