I know that the One Mortgage is a conventional loan, but what are the rules for the home inspection? Asbestos siding, lead paint, etc. Does the bank do the inspection or does it follow some other rules for inspecting? I’m buying a “For Sale by Owner” but I do have a real estate sales agent and an attorney working on my behalf.
The structural, mechanical inspection, or home inspection that you pay for covers just that; the structure and mechanics of the home. Lead paint, asbestos, mold, radon, or water quality tests are separate inspections that you have to pay for in addition to the home inspection. The home inspector should advise you if you need any of these or any other additional inspections based on what is seen at the property at the time of the inspection. Inspections are recommended but not required in the home buying process or by the lender. Its buyer beware though; once you sign at the closing it’s all yours issues and all. This is why you have the inspection period, so you know what you are buying. If you choose not to inspect, the real estate sales agent will have you sign a waiver, because it’s that important. Sellers may not disclose all the information they know about the house. Hopefully the sales agent asks for a signed “Statement of Condition of the Property” Due to this being a “for sale by owner,” this probably is not the case because it’s the seller’s agent’s responsibility to ask for this document to be completed. You should ask for this form to be completed prior to having your inspection.
The bank will not inspect the property. However, they will send out an appraiser to determine the value. The appraiser is looking at the condition of the property as to how it effects the value and looking to see that the house livable. Government-insured loans, such as VA or FHA, go a step further and will care about chipping, peeling paint, the life of a roof, and other health and safety conditions that may be present at the property. Sometimes these conditions effect your ability to get an FHA loan. They will not allow chipping paint or a roof that has less than 3 years of life remaining.