If you are purchasing a resale property, we highly recommend that you have aprofessional home inspector conduct a thorough inspection. The inspection will includebut may not be limited to the following:

  • Appliances
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Air Conditioning and Heating
  • Ventilation
  • Roof and Attic
  • Foundation
  • General Structure

The inspection is not designed to criticize every minor problem or defect in the home. Itis intended to report on major damage or serious problems that require repair. Shouldserious problems be indicated, the inspector will recommend that a structural engineer orsome other professional inspect it as well.

A home cannot “pass or fail” an inspection, and your inspector should not tell youwhether he/she thinks the home is worth the money you are offering. The inspector’s jobis to make you aware of repairs that are recommended or necessary so that you cancontinue to make an informed decision.

The seller may be willing to negotiate completion of repairs or a credit for completion ofrepairs, or you may decide that the home will take too much work and money. Aprofessional inspection will help you make a clear-headed decision. In addition to theoverall inspection, you may wish to have separate tests conducted for termites or thepresence of radon gas.

In choosing a home inspector, consider one that has been certified as a qualified andexperienced member by a trade association. As your Buyer’s Agent, I can recommendseveral professional home inspectors for you to consider.

I recommend being present at the inspection and hiring an inspector that is familiar withthe type of property you are intending to purchase and its immediate surroundings. Youwill be able to clearly understand the inspection report, and know exactly which areasneed attention. Plus, you can get answers to many questions, tips for maintenance, and alot of general information that will help you once you move into your new home. Mostimportant, you will see the home through the eyes of another objective third party.

Click HERE for our list of recommended home inspectors for the Des Moines Metro.