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Is a home inspection required for a VA loan?
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
No, a home inspection is not necessary for Veterans Administration (VA) home loans, but all lending institutions highly recommend that you get a house inspected before you buy it. In fact, HUD requires that applicants for an FHA or VA loan sign a form (shown below) acknowledging that they have been advised to get a home inspection.
While it is required that you get an appraisal as part of the home loan application process, a VA appraiser also does what amounts to a limited evaluation of the condition of the property based on the VA’s published Minimum Property Requirements (MPRs). So a VA appraisal evaluates both the dollar value of the home at current market conditions and whether it appears to be safe, sanitary, and liveable. But it is nowhere near as thorough as a home inspection.
You will be required to get a termite (WDO) inspection if the home is in an area defined as likely to have a termite infestation by the U.S. Forest Service’s “TIP Map.” Go to our blog post What is a TIP Zone Map? to learn more. Also, if the home is in a rural house served by a well, water testing is required. See our post What is the required water testing for an FHA, VA, or USDA mortgage application? for more on this.
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