During the contingency period, the Buyer and/or Seller will order physical inspections as specified in the Purchase Agreement. The Seller has the responsibility to reveal the true condition of the property on a Transfer Disclosure Statement (TDS). This may help determine what kinds of property inspections are desired or necessary.
Your Purchase Sale Agreement will specify who is responsible for the costs of inspections and for making any needed corrections or repairs. It is negotiable between the parties and should be considered carefully. Your agent will advise what is customary and prudent.
Structural Pest Control Inspection
A licensed inspector will examine the property for any active infestation by wood destroying organisms. Most pest control reports classify conditions as Section I or Section II. The inspection and the ensuing Section I repair work is usually paid for by the Seller. Section II preventative measures are generally negotiated, and not necessarily completed.
This inspection may encompass roof, plumbing, electrical, heating, appliances, water heater, furnace, exterior siding, and other visible features of the property. A detailed report will be written with recommendations and pictures which may include the suggestion to consult a specialist (such as a structural engineer or roofing contractor). The inspection fee is usually paid by the Buyer.
If requested, a soils engineer will inspect the soil conditions and the stability of the ground beneath the structure, as well as research past geological activity in the area. You may also elect to go to the city and research the property’s proximity to known earthquake fault lines. Typically, the Buyer pays for this inspection.