One of the most common contract contingencies in a real estate offer is a home inspection. Where possible, most real estate professionals will recommend adding an inspection as a contingency in a home purchase. Here are some of the main things Massachusetts buyers often are looking to uncover in a home inspection:
- Safety concerns: While every home will have some areas that can be improved somewhat, inspectors will often draw particular attention to issues that could be a safety risk. This can include wiring issues, roofing that is worn down, windows that are not operating properly or plumbing problems.
- Structural issues: Structural issues can be extremely expensive to fix, and are therefore very important for many buyers to know about. Structural issues can include, but are not limited to, door frames that are out-of-level, cracks in the foundation, or instability in the ceilings and walls.
- Pests: Infestations of insects such as termites, ants and beetles can destroy a home. If a home inspection does not include an investigation into pests, it is a good idea for homeowners to do so.
Contrary to popular belief, a home inspection is not aiming to say whether the home is perfect. After all, every property will have an issue here and there. Rather, it is a means to flag types of issues that could be unsafe or cause costly long-term problems, and to make recommendations on how the home could be made safer. For this reason, home inspections are a popular request when buying real estate. Individuals with questions about their real estate purchase contracts and contingencies could find the answers and support they need by contacting an experienced Massachusetts real estate lawyer.