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Home inspections have limitations in real estate transactions

Buying a house can be an exciting but daunting process. California homebuyers want to be sure they receive the best deal possible and that they will not end up with a home in need of major repairs. This is why home inspections are a vital part of real estate transactions. However, it would be good to know that those inspections also come with certain limitations.

First, it may help to know that California home inspectors are not required to be licensed. They typically inspect the structure of a home, along with the roof. They also check the electrical, plumbing and appliances. Home inspectors also look at a home's components and systems such as the furnace, water heater and air conditioner, among other things. The report should identify any defects or repairs needed.

What a home inspection does not ordinarily provide is information on the presence of mold, mildew or fungi, asbestos or termites. The report will probably also not identify the presence of any harmful gases or chemicals in the home that could cause harm. A home inspection only provides information on the safety of the aforementioned items, but not these types of issues, which require certain licensing in order to inspect for them. A California homebuyer who questions whether these types of issues are present may want to consider contacting other professionals with the proper licensing and training.

Even though home inspections may be limited in their scope, they still provide a lot of important information about the current condition of a home. If defects are identified and repairs are needed, it may be necessary to negotiate with the seller regarding how to handle the problems. These negotiations may require some assistance in order to protect a buyer's rights and to help ensure that the seller follows through with his or her promises. An attorney experienced in real estate transactions could prove invaluable in this endeavor.

Source: thebalance.com, "Checklist for Home Inspections", Elizabeth Weintraub, Accessed on May 20, 2018

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