Dealing with Surprises – The Day of the “Home Inspection”

Getting a home inspection on your dream house is always nerve racking.

The moment the inspector enters the Sandy Springs home for sale, there’s this question playing on a loop in the back of your mind that, “What if there’s something wrong with the house, which the owner failed to mention?”

Then there’s impatience… what is taking so long?

Before you pass out from all the anxiety, why not take a deep breath and listen to what we have to say:

The Home Inspector Is Here For You, So Stop Worrying

The inspector helps in making sure that everything is in plain sight. He discovers problems that are not visible to your untrained eye such as faulty plumbing, leaky roof, infestation, etc. So, stop worrying and let him do his job.

The Home’s Value depends on an Inspection List

According to the state’s law, the seller has to disclose any faults with the house that might affect its value. Lying on this report, results in a penalty where the seller has to do all the repairs.

The disclosure covers the following things:

  • Roof leaks
  • Pest infestation
  • Mold
  • Damages to the foundation
  • Other problems as per the state’s law

From the inspector’s ends, the report contains the following three things:

  1. Problems in the house
  2. Suggestions for repairs
  3. How much the repairs will cost

Picking the Right Home Inspector

Get recommendations from your friends and family members, and then review at least three inspectors before making a decision. When interviewing the inspector, ask the following questions:

  • Are your licensed?
  • For how many years have you been inspecting Sandy Springs homes for sale? (It’s important to hire a person who has at least 5 years of experience)
  • What are your charges? (On average, an inspection costs somewhere between $200 to $400)
  • What areas of the house do you check?
  • What do you not check?
  • When will I receive the report?
  • Can you provide me with a sample report?

What Does a Normal Inspection Include?

The inspection usually takes about three hours, which includes checking for:

  • Attic leaks
  • Plumbing
  • Water pressure
  • Symmetry and strength of window and door frames
  • Electrical wiring
  • Installation of carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
  • Appliances
  • HVAC system
  • Fencing
  • Siding
  • Lead paint
  • Asbestos
  • Radon
  • Termites

Negotiating after Inspection

After you get the report, go over all the repairs one by one and compare them to the value of the house. Are they worth it? Only three things fall under the contract that a seller is required to fix. These include:

  1. Anything that might compromise safety
  2. Building code violations
  3. Structural defects

If you find any major repairs in the Sandy Springs home for sale that will cost you extra, you can request the seller to fix them. There are two ways a situation like this might go:

  1. The seller agrees to doing the repairs (don’t forget to ask for an invoice that details the work was done by a licensed contractor)
  2. The seller comes up with a counteroffer and agrees to lower the price of the house in exchange for you doing the repairs

Now, it’s up to you whether to accept the offer or reject it. Before getting a home inspection, why not get your house evaluated to find out whether the house is worth buying or not. Visit America’s Network Realty Group Inc. and get an accurate evaluation from experts.

Homes for sale in Atlanta

Price
Beds
Baths
For Sale / All Types
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$294,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,635
SQFT
7107 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$288,421
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,802
SQFT
673 Python Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$324,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,363
SQFT
7064 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$287,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,635
SQFT
7067 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$299,026
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,040
SQFT
7057 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$284,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,200
SQFT
7044 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$329,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
6
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,363
SQFT
663 Python Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$288,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,635
SQFT
7027 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$312,478
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,544
SQFT
7014 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$299,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,040
SQFT
7007 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$289,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,635
SQFT
6997 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$4,000,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
7
BED
9
TOTAL BATHS
15,159
SQFT
4690 Thompson Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
 
$8,900,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
9
BED
14
TOTAL BATHS
26,000
SQFT
4965 Butner Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
 
$310,235
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,443
SQFT
555 Dutchview Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
WHISPERING WILLOWS Subdivision
Short Sale
$195,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,639
SQFT
432 Hammock Loop
Atlanta, GA 30349
 
New Listing - yesterday
$277,303
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,260
SQFT
3216 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$290,182
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,545
SQFT
3217 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$306,071
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,525
SQFT
3208 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$280,112
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,545
SQFT
7147 Glaspie Way
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
$310,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,033
SQFT
510 Dutchview Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
WHISPERING WILLOWS Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$310,089
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,680
SQFT
3221 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
$272,803
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,260
SQFT
3204 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
Open House 12/07 at 1PM
$280,508
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,487
SQFT
3200 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
$327,527
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,077
SQFT
455 Dutchview Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
WHISPERING WILLOWS Subdivision
$239,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,972
SQFT
400 Dutchview Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
WHISPERING WILLOWS Subdivision
$271,053
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,260
SQFT
3225 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$263,389
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,122
SQFT
3235 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
$278,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,522
SQFT
3220 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
$271,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,487
SQFT
3239 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$267,389
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,122
SQFT
3243 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
$286,258
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,487
SQFT
3247 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
$267,389
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,108
SQFT
3251 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
$268,789
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,122
SQFT
7143 Glaspie Way
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
$282,173
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,260
SQFT
7139 Glaspie Way
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
$245,700
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,404
SQFT
3492 Dacite Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Flat Shoals Manor Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$194,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6526 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$205,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6517 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$205,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6577 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
New Listing - 12 hours online
$205,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6509 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$204,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6522 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$257,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6538 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$218,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6513 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$217,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6518 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$258,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6566 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$218,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6521 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$198,740
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
6505 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
$162,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
6690 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$169,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
6683 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$167,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
2205 Creel Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$174,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,217
SQFT
6790 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$162,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
6742 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$169,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
6735 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$176,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,217
SQFT
2281 Creel Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$162,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
2273 Creel Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$169,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
2285 Creel Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$167,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,045
SQFT
505 Hererra Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$252,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,006
SQFT
4244 Sublime Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Pittman Park Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$234,420
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,976
SQFT
5066 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$230,965
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,920
SQFT
5064 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$232,920
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,976
SQFT
5062 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision