Usually, the seller will provide a property disclosure for interested buyers prior to writing a contract. This will declare the material facts about the physical condition of the property.
The property disclosure does not take the place of a buyer's inspection that is usually made after a contract is completed.
A provision for a home inspection can be added to the sales contract identifying the areas to be inspected by a professional inspector. The purpose of the inspection is to find major defects in the home.
The areas of concern include but not limited to:
- Mechanical: heating, air-conditioning, appliances.
- Plumbing: fixtures, lines, water heaters, sewers.
- Electrical: wiring, out of date systems.
- Structural: doors, windows, roof, foundation, drainage, ventilation, and environmental hazards.
I will be happy to supply a list of recommended inspectors. You are encouraged to accompany the inspector to ask questions and receive a written report itemizing any areas of concern.