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Why I Love Home Inspections (and You Should Too!)

Michael Nolen of Coldwell Banker Realty
by Michael Nolen of Coldwell Banker Realty on February 3, 2017 at 4:39 PM

A home inspection is one of the most valuable tools in the home buying process. It allows you to examine the physical condition of a home or condo. When you're touring properties with your Realtor®, many of the property conditions on the surface can be obvious. But, we don't always know how damage was caused or what to expect in the long run. A home inspection in Maryland not only provides you with knowledge about the condition of the property, but it can be a safety net in your purchase agreement.

Who can do a home inspection in Maryland?

In Maryland, only a licensed home inspector can perform an inspection. Maryland views a home inspector as "an individual who is licensed by the Maryland Commission of Real Estate Appraisers and Home Inspectors to provide home inspection services". A home inspection in Maryland means a written evaluation of one or more of the components of an existing residential building, including:

  • heating system

  • cooling system

  • plumbing system

  • electrical system

  • structural components

  • foundation

  • roof

  • masonry structure

  • exterior and interior components

  • or any other related residential housing component

For more information on licensing requirements or to search of an inspector that is licensed visit the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulations website here


Home Inspections are an educational experience

During the inspection, you'll have an opportunity to walk through the home with a licensed inspector and learn about the condition of the property. I love attending home inspections with my buyer clients. Every time, I learn more about a home and how minor and major issues could effect the property over time. I feel like I'm on one of those home improvement shows you see on TV. Inspections are full of information, recommendations, and so much more.


Inspections with Ocean City, MD condos

Condos can be a shorter process to complete an inspection. Specifically due to the fact you're buying one condo unit in the building. However, there can be exterior elements that are inspected too.

While there are many elements of a condo inspection that are reviewed, the HVAC system is something to take notice of.

It's typically for an HVAC system to be on the roof of a condominium building. It's interesting to see how different buildings have set up their HVAC systems into the condo units. In a condo inspection, the HVAC system can be one of the most critical systems to inspect because the exterior unit is typically placed in the roof of the building. Sea salt elements travel through the air and rest on elements like an HVAC system. 


How Inspections can be a bargaining chip in a purchase agreement?

When buying Maryland real estate with a MD Realtor®, you have the option to include a "Property Inspection Addendum" as part of your purchase and sale agreement. When signed by both buyer and seller, this addendum gives a buyer the right to do an inspection on the property. The buyer will have a set period of time to complete and notify the seller of inspection issues.

In the event, the property has unsatisfactory property conditions, the buyer could request the seller to make repairs. The seller may not be obligated to make repairs for the buyer. If the seller doesn't agree to make the repairs the buyer requests to be completed, the buyer has the option to cancel their purchase agreement. 


Inspections with "As Is" properties

Typically, short sales and foreclosures are properties that are sold "As Is", but sometimes a traditional sales can be sold "As Is". The seller discloses the property is being sold in the condition that the property is in. This means they may not make any repairs. if you buy a property being sold "As Is", you can still have a property inspection contingency. This means, after your inspection, if there are conditions you're not satisfied with, you have the option to cancel the agreement. As an alternative to having the seller make repairs, you could ask for a reduction in the purchase price.


Additional Inspections

A home inspection identifies the physical condition of a property and the systems within it. Here are more inspections, you may want to consider:

  • Well and Septic Inspections

  • Lead Based Paint Hazard Inspections

  • Mold Inspections

  • Chimney Inspections

  • Radon Inspections

  • Environmental Inspections

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Michael Nolen of Coldwell Banker Realty
Michael brings a diverse background of mortgage, loan servicing and housing experience. Michael offers his clients a variety of helpful resources, guides and services that helps make buying and selling coastal real estate in the Ocean City, Ocean Pines, and Coastal Delaware markets. Michael has over 11 years industry experience and invests and manages vacation rental properties in the Ocean City, MD area through Nolen Invest and Nolen Vacation Rentals.
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