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What do I need to look for in a home inspection when buying my first property in the US?


Part 1 When buying a home in the US, a home inspection is essential


1. Home Inspection
It is one of the indispensable additional clauses (Contingency) of the offer contract. When the buyer and the seller sign the Contract Ratified, the first thing the buyer has to do is to have a licensed home inspector to inspect the house.

2.Home Inspection Fees

The inspection fee is paid by the buyer and the price depends on the house price, usually a few hundred dollars, but the higher the house price, the more expensive the inspection fee.

3. The basic process of a home inspection

1. A home inspector inspects the house, which takes about 2-3 hours.
2. After the inspection, the inspector will fill out a detailed inspection report, including the condition of the house, what equipment may be in trouble, the remaining What is the life expectancy, how should it be maintained, and so on.
3. The buyer's agent writes a home inspection for the buyer based on the inspection report within the validity of the home inspection rider (usually seven days). Attachments are given to the seller's agent.
4. The seller has to respond within three days after receiving the home inspection attachment, whether to agree to repair or to pay for the appropriate repairs.
5. The buyer also has to respond within three days after receiving the seller's response.
6. The home inspection addendum is canceled after both parties reach an agreement.

Part 2 What do U.S. home inspections look for?


So, what does a home inspector check for when he or she inspects a home? The following areas are the focus of the inspector's inspection.

1. Roof

The Inspector usually climbs up to the top of the roof to see if there's a leak for any reason, such as a blocked drain, the water will run straight down the roof and through the exterior walls.

2. Foundation

There are many kinds of foreign foundations, the best is reinforced concrete, followed by concrete blocks, and finally a loose stone foundation.

3. Pumps and trenches

Many homes have drainage pumps installed as a precaution in case of heavy rains or flooding. If there are no past records of homes being flooded, it's critical to look at the terrain.

4. Termite inspection

The primary building material for American homes is wood, and termites are pests that damage wood structures. A termite inspection can be an add-on to the offer contract. If you are buying a home for a loan, the bank must require a termite inspection. Detached houses, attached houses, and apartment buildings up to three floors should be inspected.

5. Molds

and mildew grows mainly due to dampness, especially if the house is covered by trees and is cool all year round.

6. Others

The Inspector will also check the washing machine, stove, and light fixtures that come with the house. Whether there are leaks in the bathroom insulation, large trees close to the house, etc., these are all costly areas to repair if there is a problem.

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