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By Justin Woodall

Justin is a Christ follower, husband, and father of 3 children. He began selling real estate in 2004 as an individual agent and now leads a team of a highly productive agents serving Athens and the surrounding areas.

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Real estate transactions can be intimidating or complex, especially for first time home buyers and sellers. One of the things that you can do to somehow prepare yourself for this journey is to understand the true condition of your property. As a real estate professional, I personally recommend and find significance in conducting home inspections for both buyers and sellers.

Home inspections are a crucial part of the real estate process. This is because it provides invaluable information about the condition of your home. It also gives both buyers and sellers peace of mind, transparency, and a chance to go through informed transactions. I’ll answer three important questions about home inspections to help you fully understand why they are important.

1. What is the purpose of home inspections? To know exactly what you are buying. There are no good or bad houses, but sometimes homes have more problems than others. The main purpose of a home inspection is to show the buyers the flaws and features of the home that they are buying. ** ** They will be informed first hand whether the property needs minor repairs or extensive renovations. A comprehensive inspection reveals any potential issues, allowing buyers to make informed decisions.

2. What happens during a home inspection? Trained home inspectors meticulously examine different aspects of the home that you want to buy. This includes the roof, plumbing, electrical systems, HVAC units, and structural integrity. They will be going into the attic and into the crawlspace to look for moisture problems. Basically, they will go through the house from top to bottom, looking for issues or areas of concern, empowering buyers to negotiate terms or request necessary repairs.

“The main purpose of a home inspection is to show the buyers the flaws and features of the home that they are buying.”

3. How can inspection reports help me after an inspection? The inspection report provides a ton of value, especially when it comes from a reputable home inspector. ** ** A good inspection report is streamlined and directly tells you what issues you need to address, as well as identifying whether there’s something in the property that’s going to cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to fix.

Information about the house that doesn’t affect the deal is still good information to know, so don’t be swayed by the length of the report, thinking that the house has a lot of problems. While some reports may contain extensive details, not all findings are deal breakers. Buyers must distinguish between critical issues that may impact the property’s value and minor observations ** ** that are merely informational.

Skipping a home inspection can lead to unforeseen complications and possible financial burdens down the line, which is why I strongly advise buyers to prioritize this step for their own peace of mind. For those of you considering buying or selling a home, me and my team are ready to provide expert guidance and support. All you need to do is reach out to us by calling or sending an email.