The Importance of Home Inspections
Buying a home is an exciting, yet stressful time. With the amount of work that needs to be done, it’s easy for things to get overlooked. A home inspection however, is one of those things that you really don’t want to overlook. No matter how old the home you’re buying is, a home inspection is beneficial.
A home inspection may take a few hours of your day and cost a couple hundred dollars, but it can save you from much larger headaches in the future. That couple hundred dollars is much cheaper than having to get the whole house re-plumbed.
The job of a home inspector is to observe major parts of the interior and exterior of a home. These are the areas often observed:
- Electrical, heating, cooling, plumbing
- Sometimes appliances staying with the home (refrigerator, dishwasher, washer, dryer)
- Fire safety
It is the inspector’s job to point out any areas that he or she sees as troublesome. If the inspector does point out troublesome areas, the seller often makes the necessary repairs.
If the seller is not willing to make the necessary repairs, this can put you in the position to negotiate a lower price on the home. Get an estimate on what it would cost to have someone come in and make the repairs then subtract that number off of the price.
It’s important to note that a home inspection can be used as a contingency on your purchase offer. If the home inspection shows that there are significant repairs that need to be made you can back out of your offer penalty free.
A home inspection won’t tell you everything that is wrong with a home, but it can give you a better idea of what you’re getting yourself into. After all, peace of mind is important right?
Home inspectors will often point out general issues and recommend a professional to come diagnose the cause of the issue.
If you find yourself needing a professional to come out and diagnose heating, cooling or plumbing issues in the home you are preparing to purchase, we would be glad to help you. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.