Title 4 FAQs About Home Inspections

Dated: March 10 2022

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When you're preparing to buy a house, one of the most important steps in the process is to schedule a home inspection. Although you may have heard about this procedure and your lender might require it, you may not know much about the procedure. The goal of an inspection is to protect you from completing a purchase when the property features costly mistakes and issues, and below are answers to common questions about it.

What You Should Know About Home Inspections

What does the inspection cover?

A home inspector looks at the plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems to identify issues. They’ll also inspect the condition of the roof, windows and doors, walls, ceiling, floors, insulation, and foundation, as these are major structural components that affect the stability of the property. To accomplish this, an inspector often climbs into the attic and crawlspace to get a clear view. If they cannot reach an area due to difficult or dangerous conditions, they will note these problems in their report. The final report is a detailed description of a home’s overall condition, as well as a list of any problems they identified.

Why do inspections matter?

Buying a house is often the largest investment you will make, so you want to minimize potential risks. An inspection helps you accomplish this because it can reveal large, potentially unresolvable problems with a property that you are considering buying before you sign a sale agreement. This ensures you have all the necessary information to make a sound investment.

Can a home fail an inspection?

The purpose of a home inspection is to give buyers and property owners an overview of the condition of a house. As such, home inspectors don’t declare properties to have passed or failed. This is because even if the home does have large problems, you may still want to purchase it so that you can work on the property and update it to your preferences. An inspection also shouldn't affect or determine the property's market value.

What happens if my inspector discovers problems?

If a house has multiple issues, it may no longer seem like a safe investment. However, practically all houses exhibit problems or defects, whether cosmetic or structural. The value of a home inspection is the knowledge you gain from it. Understanding the nature, extent, and location of an issue allows you to request repairs before completing the purchase. Alternatively, you can ask the seller to make repairs, ask for a credit, or lower the price so that you can make the necessary repairs before committing to the purchase.


If you want to buy a house in La Crosse, WI, or Rochester, MN, contact Renee Heintz CENTURY 21 Affiliated. This real estate agent works closely with each client to help them find a property that meets their unique needs and budget. She has over 18 years of experience with both buying and selling houses. Visit the website to learn more about her, and call (608) 792-2664 to schedule a consultation.

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Renee Heintz

I am a full-time real estate agent at Century 21 Affiliated. I am licenced in both WI and MN. Some of the areas I work in are La Crosse, Olmsted, Goodhue, Houston and Winona Counties. I have been in t....

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