When should I have a home inspected?
A typical Home Inspection with Don't Panic Inspections can be done at any time.
Common times include:
A Pre-Listing Inspection, which provides essential information you should be aware of before putting your home on the market. This can be made available to potential buyers so they waive the inspection contingency when making an offer!
A Pre-Offer Inspection, which is performed prior to making an offer to buy. This allows you to waive the typical inspection contingency and can make your offer the most attractive to the seller. Highly recommended!
A Contingency or Pending Inspection, which takes place before closing. Most inspections prove there are problems that should be solved. This can lower the offer price or get them fixed right away.
A Home Warranty Inspection, which is done before a warranty ends. This might be the last chance to resolve problems while still under warranty.
What is a home inspection? Can anyone do it?
We’re fortunate in Washington to have laws that regulate home inspections. Not anyone can inspect a home! They must have a WA Home Inspector License. Find your inspector’s license and confirm it is current on the WA Dept of Licensing website. Inspectors must also abide by all the State Standards of Practice. Be sure you to look at the rules available under Washington Administrative Code Chapter 308-408C
The law states: "The purpose of a home inspection is to assess the condition of the residence at the time of the inspection using visual observations, simple tools and normal homeowner operational controls; and to report deficiencies of specific systems and components."
Oftentimes, visible or invisible problems with homes require specialists to inspect further. Licensed electricians or plumbers, for instance, have the appropriate technical tools and training to evaluate certain components. Whenever issues require specialists, Don’t Panic Inspections always recommends the appropriate expert needed.
What gets inspected? What doesn't?
See our page on Standards of Practice to learn more!