Are Home Inspections Required and Who Can Be Present at a Home Inspection

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Understanding Home Inspections Necessity

Home inspections are typically required in various real estate transactions to assess the condition of a property and ensure that it meets certain safety and structural standards. The specific requirements for when a home inspection is necessary can vary depending on local laws and regulations, as well as the type of transaction. 

Here are some common situations in which home inspections are typically required or highly recommended:

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1. Real Estate Sales: 

In many real estate transactions, a home inspection is a standard part of the process. Buyers often request a home inspection to evaluate the condition of the property they are purchasing. The presence of a home inspector, the buyer, the seller, and their real estate agents is common during this type of inspection.

2. Mortgage Lenders: 

If you are obtaining a mortgage to purchase a home, your lender typically does not require a home inspection, however, they will require an appraisal inspection. An appraisal inspection is to ensure the property’s value and condition meet their lending criteria. In this case, the lender typically does not attend the inspection; it’s primarily for their records.

3. Insurance Companies: 

In some areas of the US, your insurance company may request a copy of the buyer’s home inspection report. They want to verify the age of the equipment and look for any red-flag issues. The insurance company may request a specific system be inspected, such as an aging roof, or if an appraiser notes water in the basement.

4. Home Warranty: 

If you’re purchasing a home warranty, the warranty company may require an inspection to document the condition of the home before the warranty coverage begins.

5. Local Building Codes: 

In some areas, local building codes or regulations may require inspections during certain stages of construction, renovation, or remodeling projects to ensure compliance with safety and structural standards. The contractor performing the work will arrange and close out permits for new construction inspection and permitted remodels.

6. Rental Property Inspections: 

Some municipalities and jurisdictions require inspections of rental properties to ensure they meet health and safety standards. These inspections may be conducted by housing authorities or government agencies. The specific rules regarding who can be present during a home inspection can vary.

Typically, the following individuals or parties may be present during a home inspection:

1. Home Inspector: The professional conducting the inspection is the central figure. They are responsible for assessing the property’s condition and providing a report.

2. Buyer: The potential buyer of the property often attends the inspection to gain insights into the property’s condition and ask questions. It is not a requirement, but I strongly urge my clients to attend, discussions on-site to help lay context to the report and provide a better understanding of the condition of the home.

3. Seller: In some cases, the seller may be present during the inspection. However, this varies by region and is generally at the discretion of the seller. As a home inspector, I prefer that the seller, their agent, or any representative such as a family member NOT be present. The inspection is for the buyer to evaluate the property during a contingency period and negotiations are ongoing. You don’t show your cards when playing poker, the same applies during a home inspection. At Batten To Beam Inspections, LLC, I will not discuss anything in the report within hearing distance of the seller, or their agent.

4. Real Estate Agents: The buyer’s and seller’s real estate agents may also attend to represent their respective clients and facilitate communication. As noted above, I prefer that sellers’ agents do not attend, in the cases where they do, I ask them to find a place to hang out of the way and not to impede the process.

5. Contractors or Specialists: If specific issues are identified during the inspection (e.g., electrical problems, plumbing issues), specialists or contractors may be present to provide more in-depth assessments. This is strictly the responsibility of the buyer, at their discretion.

6. Appraisers: If the inspection is tied to a mortgage application, an appraiser may be present to assess the property’s value. In most cases though the appraiser has their own schedule and is not present during the home inspection.

7. Lender’s Representative: In some cases, a representative from the lender may attend or receive a copy of the inspection report. Lenders are rarely present during an inspection, but they may request the home inspection report.

The presence of these individuals can vary depending on local customs and the preferences of the parties involved. It’s essential to communicate and coordinate with the home inspector and relevant parties to ensure a smooth and effective inspection process. 

Choosing Batten to Beam for your home inspection

In the industry, Batten to Beam LLC is a shining example, providing more than an instant inspection of your property. Instead of being only a checklist. Batten to Beam LLC’s reputation is based on experience, expertise, and an everlasting commitment to guaranteeing the integrity and transparency of each and every property assessment. Batten to Beam LLC is a promise, not just a provider of services. A commitment of thoroughness, understanding, and dedication to making sure each client has the information necessary to make informed decisions. 

To find out more about our other home inspection services, also, call me for more information about the inspection reports. We offer inspection services that provide you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions regarding your home in West Chester, Phoenixville, Newtown Square, and the surrounding region