Angie's List Report: Home Inspections

Reported by: Amy Katcher
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Updated: 3/12/2014 11:36 pm
(WDEF) When buying a house, Angie's List says the home inspection is one of the most important things you can do.
        Bob Hintze works as a home inspector.  He said, "A lot of the decision to buy a house is emotional. People buying the house are really excited about it. They don't tend to look at the details or they don't tend to look at how things work."
        Once the home inspection is complete - you're still not done.   Your next step before closing is a final walk-through with your real estate agent.
        Angie Hicks of Angie's List said, "A final walk-through of the house you are buying might seem really simple but a lot of times is overlooked. It's important because you can then double check anything you ask for in your contract has been completed and also you can find out if there was any damage to the house when the seller moved out. It doesn't take a lot of time and it's really simple that can save you some headaches."
        If you discover any issues talk to your real estate agent about your options.
        Kristie Smith is a Real Estate Agent.  She said, "Certainly if a defect is so great that the buyer does not want to purchase the home there are rights. In most states, there is a sales disclosure process that the seller must commit to having the home in the same or better condition as when everyone signed that disclosure in the first place. That's usually signed at the time of contract."
        The walk-through is oftentimes scheduled on the same day as the closing, but can also be scheduled the day before.
        Depending on the size of the home, the process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.

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