No matter how difficult it may be sometimes to find that ideal property, you should not feel rushed and forego to have a professional home inspection. all that glistens isn’t always gold.
No matter how experienced you are as a homeowner, it’s the best way to make sure you really know what you’re getting into.
A home inspection will give you the information you need to make an informed decision. The inspector will determine the condition of the house you’re thinking about buying, and let you know if there are any problems. If you have to make an offer before having a home inspection, make it conditional on a satisfactory inspection.
If there are any problems, you may either walk away, use the results to negotiate a better price or give the seller a chance to fix the problem.
The inspector should carefully inspect the entire house for structural, mechanical or other issues. He should examine everything from the roof to the foundation and everything in between, including heating and air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, insulation, roof, windows and doors, walls, ceilings, attic and basement. You may accompany the inspector as he goes through the home – it’s a good way to get to know the home quickly.
The inspector will then prepare an inspection report that outlines the condition of the property and any problems areas that will require attention. Make sure you ask for a detailed report that’s written in a narrative style. Never accept a verbal report or one that’s just a checklist.
Most inspections cost between $250 and $500. Think of it this way: a few hundred dollars could save you thousands in home repairs. It’s a pretty small price to pay for significant peace of mind.
Look for a reputable and qualified company that has been in business for a while. Ask for references from previous customers and whether they are fully insured and offer any guaranteed inspections. Inspectors should be licensed in building-related fields such as contracting, architecture or structural engineering. Your REALTOR® can recommend a reputable, objective inspector at your request, or you can find one by asking recommendations from friends or relatives.