Did you ever hear the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover?” Well don’t get wooed by a house just because it shows well! Underneath that lovely exterior you may have problems; potentially serious problems. Buying your first home is one of the most important purchases you will make in your lifetime. A qualified home inspector will take an in-depth and impartial look at the property inside and out! You should be sure that the home you want to buy is in good condition. The first really cold winter day you wake up in your new house and your furnace isn’t working, you’ll be kicking yourself for not having your home inspected. An inspection limits the number of negative surprises you may discover when you move into your new home.
The cost of a home inspection is dependent on the size and characteristics of the property. Generally speaking it’s a few hundreds dollars, which is a BARGAIN for the benefits you receive! A licensed home inspector will examine for any structural concerns, plumbing issues, functionality of the electrical system and heating and cooling, check for mold and mildew, roof damage, leaks in doors or windows, etc. As the inspector goes through the mechanicals of the home (electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning) he or she will give you an estimate of the remaining useful life. The inspector will also provide you with other invaluable details about your new home including location of shut off valves, where utilities are located, and general house operation.
You will be given a report containing the inspector’s findings, identifying what items should be repaired or replaced. Find out how much it will cost to fix any defects. You can then request that the seller have them fixed by a licensed professional before you close or you can request the estimated cost of repairs be deducted from the final price you offer. If the seller won’t help bear the costs and you want to go ahead with the purchase, make sure you can afford the necessary repairs on top of your mortgage payment. Bottom line, make sure and insist on a home inspection.
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