FAQ

We understand there are many issues to consider when you're buying or selling a property. We also know there are many popular myths surrounding home inspections. We've put together a short list of some of the most common questions we hear at Cal West Home Inspection.

  • Why should I get an inspection?

    Buying a home is a huge investment. Without proper knowledge of the condition of the home before you buy it, you could be opening yourself up to expensive repairs after the purchase. Typically, buyers look at the surface cosmetics – carpet, appliances, or fresh paint. That fresh coat of paint could be hiding damage to the interior or exterior of the home. Likewise, freshly painted ceilings can hide chronic roof leaking problems.

    Sellers benefit from a home inspection by learning if there are potentially serious issues before the home is listed. Without a pre-sale inspection, in a best case scenario, if problems become apparent during the sale cycle, you could lose your buyer. The worst case scenario involves problems revealed after the sale. Depending on the problem, you as the seller could find yourself running afoul of California law.

    California law requires seller to provide disclosure of all conditions known to them at the time of the sale. This is done by a Real Estate Transfer Disclosure Statement. Our inspection report doesn't replace the TDS, but it can supplement it. Hiding material defects that may have had an impact on the buyers' decision to purchase could expose you to legal problems. An inspection provides you the ability to make full disclosure.

  • OK, I got an inspection. Do I have to make all these repairs?

    The short answer is "no." Cal West Home Inspection gives you a report of your properties condition; but, it's not a "to do" list. Many sellers do make repairs to help speed the sale of the property, but the main issue is making sure the seller and the buyer are both aware of any defects. Often, buyers elect to do the repairs themselves in exchange for a negotiated lower price.

  • Can a building fail an inspection?

    While municipal code inspections can be failed, home inspections cannot. A home inspection provides an unbiased snapshot of the building's condition at the time of the inspection. The report lists those items in need of repair or replacement, as well as those items which are in good condition. Cal West, or any InterNACHI-certified home inspector – cannot pass or fail a building.

  • The report indicated problems with the property. What do I do now?

    As a buyer, it's decision time. We don't make recommendations as to whether you should buy the property; we just make you aware of its condition. You may wish to negotiate a lower price with the seller and do the repairs yourself. Or, if you're not inclined to have a DIY project, you may decide this is not your dream home and continue searching.

    As a seller, this knowledge gives you the opportunity to make repairs, which can speed your sale and net you a better sales price. Or, you may choose to simply disclose the issues and enter negotiations with the buyer to purchase the home in its current condition.

  • Who should be present during a home inspection?

    The buyer, the seller, and the realtors representing both sides of the sale should all be present during the home inspection. Knowledge is power. As a buyer, you not only get to see the items that appear in the report, but the inspector can give you a verbal explanation of the potential issues found at the time of the home inspection.

    As a seller, you get to see firsthand the issues that need to be addressed. You can also ask questions of the inspector and gain a better idea of how to avoid such issues with other buildings in the future.

  • It's a brand new construction, what could be wrong?

    Sadly, many things can be wrong with new construction, no matter how reputable or honest the builder. So much goes into the construction of a new home; from the largest to the smallest detail, from foundation construction to kitchen appliances, many different contractors and trades people are involved. Even the most careful trade professional can make an occasional mistake. The pre-purchase inspection is an additional layer of protection for you, the buyer. If defects are discovered pre-sale, you can work with the builder to correct them before you buy. Sadly, it's sometimes very difficult to get the repairs done after the sale is complete.

If you have any other questions, please contact us

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