Whether you are purchasing your very first home or you are an experienced home buyer, it is about time we had this heart to heart! Picture this- you have searched high and low for the perfect home, and you have finally found it! When it’s love at first sight, it is natural to let logic slip your mind, while all the “what if’s” and potential problems have not even come to mind yet. That is what you have me for, to guide you through every step along the way of the homebuying process! I am here to guide you into the proper direction-which is inspections, inspections and more inspections! Typically all home buyers are looking for ways to save money and overall get the best deal possible. Unfortunately, inspections are not the area to cut costs. There are several reasons buyers think about possibly skipping inspections- maybe they trust the seller completely or the buyer does not see any blatin defects from their view at the property- whatever the reason is, it’s still important to make sure you get your future home inspected. A crucial step to the homebuying process is to recognize what condition the property is in at the time of your purchase. Evaluating the condition of the property can help you negotiate repairs or credits with the seller or estimate the remaining useful life of major systems or equipment. Here is a list of the type of inspections that can be performed:
-Sewer lateral & septic/well
Your building inspector needs to be an ASHI certified inspector- an inspector who has completed their apprenticeship and has had several years of experience. You can get recommendations on inspectors from friends, your realtor, other buyers in the area! The building inspector will look into all major and minor components of the home searching for defects that may not be easily uncovered. It’s important to hire an inspector with experience who you can trust to find safety issues, structural issues, and forecast potential problems/expenses by flaws currently shown. There are several various kinds of inspections that are available to buyers when buying a home, although these listed inspections are the most common inspections performed. Inspections are crucial when buying a home. All in all, purchasing home inspections will help you determine if you are making a wise financial investment.
Imperative information to keep in mind, as a buyer, is that a “Seller’s Disclosure” is the condition of the home as the seller’s best knowledge. The sellers are not licensed trained professionals- oftentimes there are defects the sellers are not aware of. Additionally, an appraisal is NOT a home inspection. An appraisal is an estimate of the market value- the appraisal does not examine the condition of the home.
As you can see, inspections are an imperative asset when buying a home. They can save you thousands of dollars in unexpected repairs!