It’s no secret that buying a home is a massive investment, and it’s only natural for you to want to make sure you’re getting what you’re paying for. That’s why it’s important to have a prospective property professionally inspected by a home inspector before you make your purchasing decision.
A professional inspector’s job is to review a home from basement to roof, looking at every system and structure to identify any potential concerns or problems. Most homebuyers are not professional builders or construction experts, but home inspectors have extensive training and knowledge that allows them to assess a property and look for any potential concerns.
Once you’ve decided on a property, you can often put an offer in that is contingent on an inspection. If the owner agrees to your bid, schedule your inspection as soon as possible and make time to attend the inspection yourself. While you may think that you don’t need to be there, there are many advantages to watching the inspector as he or she does their work.
To start, as the home inspector reviews different areas of your prospective home, you can ask any questions that you have while the inspection is taking place. The inspector can discuss anything that he or she has seen and provide an explanation for you so that you get a better idea of what the concern is and exactly where on the property it is. Don’t be intimidated to ask any questions either. After all, that’s what the inspector is there for, so use their knowledge to your advantage.
You can also have an inspector review the utility connections to the property that you’re considering. A slow water leak, dripping faucet or poor natural gas connection won’t always be obvious to the naked eye. A home inspector can assess these utilities, though, as part of their inspection process, giving you a comprehensive look at these integral and vital components of your home.
Once the inspection is done, the inspector will also provide you with a full report, including a list of any issues uncovered. Armed with this information, you can discuss the inspector’s findings with the owner and request that any critical or serious problems get taken care of prior to moving forward with your purchase offer. You can also use the report as leverage to adjust your bid or refer to it as a to-do list of necessary repairs or maintenance to perform once you’ve closed on the home.
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