Home Inspections in Montgomery County
Nobody likes surprises when it comes to a home’s condition! When you buy a home in Montgomery County, you can ask for a home inspection as part of the contract, and make the purchase contingent on the outcome of the inspection. The Myers Team has several outstanding home inspectors that we recommend plus we have contractors to repair your home if you are the seller.
A good home inspector examines the inside and outside of the home. The standard inspection report includes a review of the homes’ heating and air conditioning systems, plumbing, wiring, roof, windows, doors, foundation and basement. Everything must be in working order to ‘pass’ the inspection. Cosmetic defects don’t count.
For example, windows must open and stay open. The overflow on the bathtubs must work. The heat and air conditioning must work properly – if the inspector cannot test the system (e.g. air conditioning in the middle of winter) then sometimes funds are escrowed to cover the cost of possible problems.
Seller Disclosures and Disclaimers
In Montgomery County, a seller is required to fill out a disclosure statement or make a disclaimer that they have no knowledge of the property’s condition. The seller is required to disclose defects that they are aware of, but of course, we are often not aware of the problems a home might have – hence the need for a home inspection.
Getting a professional inspection is especially crucial for older homes because age can take its toll on the roof and the major systems. Problems can also be the result of neglect or negligent repair work.
A home inspection is also a wise investment when buying newly constructed home. In fact, new homes in Montgomery County frequently have defects, whether caused by an oversight during construction or simply human error.
Finding an Inspector
The Myers Team only recommends experienced licensed home inspectors. Our Team leader Bob Myers has a background as a plumbing contractor in remodeling and new home construction so his experience is invaluable. Good home inspectors also will check recalls, explain how the home’s systems work and make sure you understand the potential repairs and replacements you will have to make in the future.
Home inspections cost several hundred dollars, depending on the size of the house.
Inspection Timing and Results
The Myers Team will arrange for an inspection after you sign a purchase agreement with the seller. You can be present during the home inspection and will receive a written report. If the contract is contingent on the home inspection, we can ask the seller to make repairs and you have the right to void the contract if you are not satisfied. Some of the items on the list may be negotiable. Some sellers will ask to credit you a certain amount of money at closing in lieu of making the requested repairs. But when only minor repairs are needed, the buyer and seller can usually work out an agreement.
Questions about home inspections in Montgomery County? Call Bob Myers at 301-910-9910.
The Myers Team can help you with all the ins and outs of buying a home in Montgomery County. Call Bob Myers today at 301-910-9910.