Getting a Home Inspection

When buying a home it is vital that you have a home inspection where a Wisconsin registered home inspector evaluates the condition of the home.

Home inspections are generally done item by item, from roof to foundation, attic to basement and kitchen to garage. Home inspectors look closely at things like plumbing, heating and cooling systems, sinks, tubs and faucets, range/stove, electrical systems and any appliances which are to be included.

Home inspections should always be conducted by a third-party Wisconsin registered home inspector. The general concept is that the home inspector is trained to spot problems that you may miss. They are not usually intended to bring up discussion about items we can easily see like the color of the paint on the walls or what the carpets look like. Instead, they inspect the areas that are not usually in plain site like the attic, or the basement to identify and locate defects that may be in the home.

What is a home inspection?

An “inspection” is defined as an observation of the Property which does not include an appraisal or testing of the Property, other than testing for leaking carbon monoxide, or testing for leaking LP gas or natural gas used as a fuel source, which are then authorized with a written sales contract.

What is testing?

A “test” is defined as the taking of samples of materials such as soils, water, air or building materials from the Property and the laboratory or other analysis of these materials. The seller would agree to allow your inspectors, testers and appraisers reasonable access to the Property upon advance notice, if necessary to satisfy the contingencies of the Offer. You and your real estate agent may be present at all inspections and testing. Except as otherwise provided, the seller’s authorization for inspections does not authorize the buyer to conduct testing of the property. You will need to have it written into the contract.

What is a defect?

A defect is defined as a condition that would have a significant adverse effect on the value of the Property; that would
significantly impair the health or safety of future occupants of the Property; or that if not repaired, removed or replaced would
significantly shorten or adversely affect the expected normal life of the premises.

You will find information on the sales agreement about inspections. This is because every buyer has the right to have the home inspected before the contract is finalized. This is highly encouraged because there could be hidden damage that no one knew about. Things like termites and other infestations can be checked for with a quality inspection.

What does “As Is” mean?

The real estate sales contract will have a warning clause for the buyer. This is the “As Is” terms the buyer is purchasing the property under. He or she has the right to have the home inspected. Anything which is not addressed in the contract or during the inspection becomes an “as is” issue. The seller can not be held responsible for any damages unless it was proven the problem was known and not disclosed to the buyer. For instance, if the basement floods every year and no one said anything, the seller can be held responsible for taking care of the problem.

Hiring the right home inspector to conduct your home inspection is vital. Contact our office at 608-395-3005 or email to discuss the recommended home inspectors we’ve worked with in the past.

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