Are you considering purchasing a Newport Beach home? Then you should hire an independent inspector and get your own home inspection. If you aren't sure who to hire, then ask your Realtor for a list of recommended home inspectors!
As part of the purchase process, it is your right as a buyer to perform your own due diligence, meaning you find out everything there is to know about the house. It is imperative to read the disclosures the seller provides to you, review the preliminary title report and natural hazard disclosure and city report if there is one required in your area.
And get a home inspection. A good home inspector will identify issues within the property. They address plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and all the systems of the house. There isn't a home inspection I have been to where I have learned something new about a home. And I have found the Home Inspectors are more than willing to share information with you!
And then, based upon the results of your home inspection, it may trigger additional inspections such as a roof inspection, soils engineer, etc. These are just examples of other reports, and it is your right as a buyer to perform these inspections so that you understand what you are buying. It is not a matter of just "signing the documents", it is actually reviewing them with your Agent and to be sure that you understand the material facts about the property.
And of course, you can always contact the home inspector after the fact with any questions or comments that you may have.
I do recommend having a home inspection done before you complete the purchase.
Sharon Paxson REALTOR®