Once you’ve secured your dream home with an accepted offer, things start to get exciting. However, even if the property looks great, the only way to be sure everything checks out is to hire a professional home inspector.
Home inspections can teach you so much about your new house, including how to maintain it and which repairs need to be carried out now or in the near future. Inspectors can also help uncover a property’s mysteries or even find nasty surprises you’ll want to know about – and possibly renegotiate on – before the sellers hand over the keys.
Don’t Skip This Step
We get it – in hot markets where multiple offers are common, sellers may prefer dealing with buyers who have no conditions attached to their offer, including not insisting on a home inspection. However, forgoing an inspection is a bad idea.
If there’s ever an issue with the house that you want to go back to the seller about, without an inspection you haven’t done your due diligence so you’re not covered.
Home inspectors assess a property’s main systems and check that the structure is sturdy, safe and to code. They can also alert you about necessary repairs or deficiencies.
Inspectors are there to give a fair assessment of the building and, if he/she sees something serious, he/she will tell the buyer to get it looked into further or to obtain a quote for the repairs. It’s a great chance to learn about your new house.
The homeowners should accompany the inspector during the process, rather than wait for a written report. When on site, homeowners get all the information and, by the time the inspection is finished, they have a better understanding of what’s going on, so they can put the final report into context.
Can Discover DIY Projects Gone Wrong
Scroll through social media and it’s not hard to find examples of improvised repairs, such as DIY decks being held up with a single post, electrical configurations that can lead to fire hazards, or ill-conceived ideas where someone cut out part of a supporting floor joist to get more headroom in the basement. Inspectors see it all and will advise you what needs fixing.
It May Uncover Unwanted Roommates
The last thing you want in your new home is a wasp’s nest or raccoons in the attic, bats in the walls or carpenter ants chewing your wood framing. An inspector takes a close look for signs of trouble and can help provide peace of mind.
New or Nearly-New Should Also Be Inspected
If you are purchasing a new property arrange for a pre-delivery inspection. This step is conducted with the builder before you take possession of your home, where you walk through the property and verify that all work has been completed.
The inpector will make sure all the t’s are crossed and the i’s are dotted.
It’s always safer to get an inspection, because no one wants unwanted suprises.
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