Delaware residents who are looking to buy a home are encouraged to inspect it before the sale closes. This is because the home that a person sees during an open house or showing is one that is in pristine condition. In most cases, the seller will have an inspection done on the property as well as have an appraiser take a look at it.
The biggest benefit of having a home inspection is that a buyer can find a problem while it is still the seller’s obligation to fix. If the issue is discovered after the sale closes, it is typically the buyer’s responsibility to take care of. Common issues that an inspection may uncover include water damage caused by leaky faucets, faulty HVAC equipment or a roof that needs to be repaired or replaced entirely. Mold or pest infestations may also be uncovered during an inspection.
Black mold is especially common in foreclosed homes in damp areas that have been boarded up or otherwise not ventilated properly. An inspection will generally provide a report on the roof, ceilings and plumbing. It may also provide information about the condition of the foundation, basement and drainage system. It may also be possible for an inspector to give unofficial advice about what to do about pest issues or lead paint in the home.
Prior to a real estate closing date, it may be a good idea for a buyer to have the potential new home inspected. If the home has significant issues, the buyer may be able to get out of the contract with minimal financial impact. An attorney may be able to help an individual who has concerns about a home rescind an offer if the seller is resisting attempts to do so.