Plumbing Repairs MN

Buying A Home and The Home Inspection Process

Is the house you’re buying physically fit? Is it well built? Is the furnace in good condition? How’s the wiring? Is your plumbing system sound?

The best way to find out if a home has any serious defects is to get a professional home inspection—before you buy. Here’s some information about home inspections and how to use the results.

Buyers and the Home Inspection Process

Most buyers insist on a home inspection as part of the deal. It’s not required by the lender, but it’s well worth it for the peace of mind. You should include a professional home inspection as a condition in your purchase agreement. Make the sale contingent on a satisfactory inspection, with a clause requiring the seller to make legitimate repairs and giving you the right to cancel the contract without penalty if the seller refuses.

Sometimes sellers have a home inspection done before putting their house on the market. This is a great way for sellers to avoid unwelcome surprises. They may show you this report, but you should still insist on your own.

You should accompany your inspector during the inspection of the home. Your real estate agent may want to be included as well. Find out exactly what is inspected and ask questions about anything that concerns you.

What Home Inspections Cover

No matter how new a home is or how carefully it has been maintained, there are probably some flaws. Those flaws can be serious or minor. You want to know about any major problems before you close the sale so you don’t get stuck paying for them.

Home inspections typically cost a few hundred dollars and include a systematic inspection of all the major components of a home. They typically cover:

  • Structural systems
  • Plumbing Systems
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Roof and exterior
  • Electrical system

What to do with the home inspection report

Shortly after the inspection, you’ll receive a written report, including potential problems the inspector found and suggestions for how to fix them. Now is the time to negotiate with the seller.

Sellers are often willing to make the necessary repairs or adjust the price of the home. After all, they’re already far along in the purchase process with you, and any other buyer’s inspection is going to turn up the same problems. But use tact, and be prepared to compromise. Remember, the seller is often just as surprised as you are by the defects that have been discovered.

Here are a couple things to remember during negotiations:

  1. If flaws are trivial, considering fixing them yourself in order to move ahead with the sale.
  2. If flaws are major, use the report as a way to negotiate a remedy. Void the contract if you can’t reach a satisfactory solution.

Other kinds of inspections to consider

You may want to include other kinds of inspections as a contingency in the purchase agreement as well.

Other inspections could include:

  • Pest inspection (termites, rodents)
  • Environmental inspection (radon, lead paint, asbestos)
  • Well/septic tank inspection, if the property includes one or both
  • Pool/spa inspection, by a licensed professional, if the property includes one or both

Sellers should consider a home inspection

If you want to help make sure the sale of your home goes smoothly, you should discover potential problems in your house before you put the house on the market.

For a few hundred dollars, a home inspection will uncover the kind of problems that can sour a deal. By making the necessary repairs before you put your home on the market, you can have a home that shows better, sells better and may even fetch a higher price. Your home inspection report can even be used as a tool to attract buyers, reassuring them on the quality of your home (but don’t be surprised if potential buyers still want their own inspection).

Required Repair List

248.80. – Correction of required repair/replace items.

(a) The following items, when discovered by the evaluator by a visual inspection, shall be identified as required repair/replacement items in the disclosure report.

(1) Heating systems that are unsafe, requiring certification by a licensed contractor due to burned out or rusted heat exchangers; burned out, rusted, or plugged flues; improper vents.

(2) Water heaters that are unsafe, requiring certification by a licensed contractor due to burned out or rusted heat exchangers; burned out, rusted or plugged flues; improper vents; or improper or missing temperature and pressure relief valves or discharge pipe.

(3) Electrical systems that are unsafe, requiring certification by a licensed contractor due to dangerous overloading; damaged or deteriorated equipment; improperly tapped or spliced wiring; exposed uninsulated wires; temporary distribution systems; or ungrounded systems.

(4) Plumbing systems that are unsafe due to open waste or vent systems, or cross connections of the municipal water supply.

(5) Smoke detectors that are improperly located, missing, or inoperable.

(6) Lack of required utilities.

(7) Gas piping systems that are unsafe due to unapproved, improper, or uncapped lines.

(8) Failure to provide or make available to all prospective purchasers in first time condominium conversions the professional opinion on the present condition of all common area components and systems as required by section 248.70

(b) When correcting or certifying the required repair/replace items, the owner or licensed contractor shall obtain all necessary permits and comply with all city ordinances. (98-Or-057, § 1, 6-26-98; 98-Or-085, § 2, 8-28-98; 2002-Or-034, § 4, 5-3-02; 2005-Or-143, § 7, 12-23-05)

All homes have strong and weak points, they are not always what they seem. Gain the perspective and sound information you need to make better decisions with an inspection performed by an experienced professional. A Licensed Minnesota Plumbing Contractor can help you identify what plumbing repairs will be required before you buy or sell a home. They will be able to clearly describe the problems and make the appropriate recommendation for repairs.

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