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The Home Buying Process... Who Pays What? | Checklist for Loan Application | Components of a Mortgage Payment | The Loan Process | Shopping For A Lender | Getting Pre-Approved | The Inspection Process | Physical Inspection | Calculating Tax Savings

Physical Inspection

The Physical Inspection clause in your Purchase Contract allows you the right to have the property thoroughly inspected. This is usually done through a General Home Inspection. While Home Inspectors are not currently required to have a license, most are, or have been, General Contractors. The inspection and the resulting report provides an overall assessment of the present condition of the property.

What is Inspected?
The Home Inspection covers items such as exterior siding, paint, flooring, appliances, water heater, furnace, electrical service, plumbing, and other visible features of the property. This is a general inspection and will often call for additional inspections by specific trades, such as roof and furnace inspections.

Further Inspections
If conditions warrant, the Home Inspector may recommend a Structural Engineer's Report, a roof inspection or an inspection by electrician, plumber, or mold/moisture expert. Such a report would identify structural failures and detail recommended corrections.

Who Pays?
Typically, these inspections are paid for by the Buyer.
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Geological Inspection

You may also elect to have a Geological Inspection to educate yourselves as to the soil conditions at the home you are purchasing. This inspection is performed by a Geotechnical Engineer and involves not only physically inspecting the property, but also researching past geological activity in the area. The primary purpose of a Geological Inspection is to determine the stability of the ground under and around the home.

Who Pays?
Typically the Buyer pays, but as with other inspections, this is negotiable according to the contract.
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Home Warranty

Home Protection Plans are available for purchase by a Buyer or Seller. Such plans provide additional protection of certain systems and appliances in your new home. We can provide you with more information on different companies and options.

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Barbara Hendrickson

Phone: 510-708-3800

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