If you ever watch any home buying or remodeling shows on satellite or cable TV, you know what kinds of secrets a home inspection can reveal about a seemingly-safe house! Home inspections are crucial before finalizing any real estate purchase. The purpose of a home inspection is to evaluate the physical condition of the home for sale and identify anything that needs to be repaired or replaced as well as to estimate the remaining useful life of the structure’s components.
Don’t confuse appraisals with inspections! An appraisal is for a lender to estimate the value of the home, and to make sure it meets minimum FHA standards. The FHA does NOT guarantee the value or condition of your would-be new home. If you find problems with your home after closing, don’t expect the FHA to help. It’s your responsibility to inspect the home for problems before closing.
Although radon gas isn’t a problem in San Mateo County, testing is recommended for all houses by the EPA and the Surgeon General of the United States. For more information on radon testing, call the National Radon Information Line at 1-800-SOS-RADON, or 1-800-767-7236.
In our area, inspections are generally done before the sale by the seller. If they don’t do this then you will need to do this after ratifying a contract and having an inspection clause signed as a contingency of sale. By doing this, your contract will require that the completion of the home sale depends on the inspection.