What it is: The inspection stage is when the you will have any number of inspectors out to the property depending on the situation. These may be general property inspections, pest inspectors, and/or well and septic inspectors. Basically, the idea is to make sure the major components of the home are functioning as expected.
What to expect: As with showings I should be present, but unlike showings, inspections usually happen during the “business day”. As such, please make sure to plan appropriately to take any necessary time off of work, and check with me on days/times that work in my schedule. Please also be aware that general home inspections can take 2+ hours. There is also a time period (identified in the purchase agreement) for when these inspections need to be completed (usually 5-10 business days), and you will need to pay for these inspections at the time they occur (figure $300-$700 depending on the situation). After the inspection(s) we will discuss any issues and either request repairs, a credit to cover any needed repairs, or clear the inspection contingency. Please note that it is not uncommon to discover things that should be addressed, but generally these are only in the neighborhood of a couple hundred dollars.
What you will need to do: As with a showing you should be present for the general home inspection. If there is a separate well/septic inspection you generally should be present, but a radon drop off/pick up does not require you to be there. Please also check with me on days/times before scheduling. If you have a trusted inspector, please feel free to use them. Otherwise, please see this page for some recommendations. You will also need to pay the inspector so you may need to bring your checkbook if they do not accept credit cards (though most of those on my recommendations page do).
Also as a reminder when scheduling the inspection, you can find my contact information here.
Next step (assuming all goes well): Appraisal (if bank financed) or Closing.
Note: Refer to emails or your Project Dashboard for details specific to your transaction