As late as the early 1970s, pre-purchase home inspections were the exception. Rarely did a purchaser of real estate add a contingency clause calling for an inspection of the property to a Real Estate Sales Contract. The rule of law regarding purchases has always been Caveat Emptor, or "let the buyer beware." This rule of law means that the purchaser is responsible for discovering defects and negotiating to have them fixed before the deal is done unless the purchaser is willing to pay for all the repairs alone. This is especially important in real estate transactions since for most of us, the purchase of our home is the largest single financial transaction ever made in our lifetimes.
It is now common to have a pre-purchase home inspection contingency clause in a contract to purchase real estate. Once all parties to the contract have ratified it, it is the buyer who must select a home inspector. This can be a difficult choice to make. We recommend you talk to your friends, relatives, and business associates to find out how satisfied each was with any inspections they have procured. Those that are familiar with the quality of our work and high level of personal service at JD Grewell & Associates, Inc. routinely give us their strongest endorsement.
All of our inspectors are certified members of the American Society of Home Inspectors ® (ASHI ®) and adhere to their Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. We also firmly believe you, our customers will benefit from the ASHI Experience. Before you write your contract to purchase real estate, we encourage you to select the inspector you'd like to hire so you will not be under the pressure of a few-day contingency to find one. We recommend that you find out the inspection appointment dates your choice of inspector has open prior to presenting your contract to the sellers. That way, you will know how many days to ask for in your contract's pre-purchase home inspection contingency clause. You are strongly encouraged to attend the inspection process and to ask any questions you have about the condition of the property. This is often the only time that most purchasers have to take another, and usually more objective, look at the property until settlement.
We provide Home Inspection services in Washington, DC; Montgomery, Prince George's, Anne Arundel, Howard, Frederick, and Baltimore Counties in Maryland; Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William, and Loudoun Counties in Virginia; and many more locations!