Home Buying Tip - Home Inspections in Minnesota

The truth is, without a thorough home inspection performed by a qualified professional, neither the buyer nor the seller can really know what might be about to go wrong with the house. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced home buyer, the Southern Twin Cities Association of REALTORS recommends you obtain a professional home inspection and take advantage of these benefits:

  • Be confident you won't be surprised by major defects

  • Be informed about the condition of the Minnesota property you are buying

  • Learn how systems and fixtures work and how they should be maintained

  • Understand the construction and function of mechanical systems and safety features

At the home buyer's expense, a home inspector conducts a visual examination of the home you are planning to buy. He or she will examine such things as the roof, basement, foundation, ceilings, exterior, interior, windows, electrical systems, plumbing, heating and air conditioning - usually spending a few hours at the property. It is recommended that the buyers accompany the inspector during the home inspection to make sure the condition of the property is acceptable to you.

While a home inspection doesn't guarantee that everything will remain in good working order, it will help to inform you whether or not everything is in good working condition at the time of the inspection.

REMEMBER to conduct a walk-through prior to closing to confirm the property is substantially the same as when you made the offer and any requested repairs have been completed to your satisfaction.

Recommended Home Inspectors, Minneapolis, St Paul

  • Steve Stalock: 952-891-4455
    More Information at: Website

  • Mike Podany: 952-994-3102
    More Information at: Website

The home inspector's service to the home buyer is primarily one of education. The goal is to provide the buyer with a better understanding of the physical condition of the home so that they can make a well-informed decision on the purchase. The potential cost of fixing or repairing exiting or future defects can be used in negotiating the final price of the home. After the inspection is completed, a written report should be prepared for the home buyer, documenting the results of the inspection.


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