Should Homes Be Inspected Before Purchasing
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A home inspection is an all-encompassing examination of the condition of a home and contingency allows buyers to learn about major and minor issues with a home before purchasing it.

 

The home inspection process is often but not always performed at the time of the sale of the home. Many lenders won't offer financing on a home without an inspection. Home inspections can uncover potentially life-threatening problems like mold or faulty wiring that could cause a significant fire.

 

A home is one of the most important purchases one will ever make and getting a good home inspector can save you time and money. A home inspection is an inexpensive way to discover those hard-to-find problems like mold & mildew in the attic or wet areas of your home. It is important to conduct a home inspection to avoid a costly mistake by purchasing a property from a seller that likes to do it yourself (DIY) and could have major repairs. Even if you think you have found a “dream home,” sometimes you can’t always judge from face value. It is a home inspector’s responsibility to let you know the condition of your “dream home”.

However, a good home inspector will take pictures and document each section of the home providing details on what actions may be needed.

 

A professional home inspector will conduct a thorough inspection of the general condition of the home. Most inspections will assist a buyer in understanding exactly what they are about to acquire and give details on how to fix and or hire a professional contractor could be advised. They would inspect the structure, exterior, roof, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, interior, insulation, and ventilation, as well as structural features of the home and may unveil issues that are not noticeable to the buyer’s eye or to further matters more the sellers.

 

A home may look move-in ready, but the fact of the matter is that 9 out of 10 homes have poor or improper ventilation when it comes to their attics. I only say that because in the Midwest we have homes that are built with asphalt roofs that last maybe ten years.

 

As a buyer, you are making a vast investment, and it is important to understand exactly what you are purchasing. However, the duty of the home inspector isn’t to help you with the value of the home but your opinion of the condition of the home. Home inspectors only offer their expertise as an opinion of the condition not to give you home value. Having a professional home inspector conduct a thorough inspection of the prospective property could be compared to taking out an insurance policy against all potential operating costs.

Safety
  • A home inspection can detect issues like bad electrical, plumbing, mold & mildew, and radon. Make sure that your home is fully inspected.
  • Reveals Pour Installations
  • A home inspection can reveal some DIY projects that do not meet safety requirements.
  • Provides an “Out”
  • A professional inspection can reveal documentation about the condition of a home and its systems. This makes the buyer aware of the costs, repairs, and maintenance the home may require immediately, and over time.
  • Protection
  • A home inspection is even more critical if you are buying a home that is listed “As Is” or for sale by owner or foreclosed property or short sale.
  • Tools for Negotiating
  • Often enough many current homeowners do not know the functions of their home like a roof that needs to be replaced, outdated furnace, faulty water heater, etc. This is critical for the new homeowner and can be used during the negotiation process.
  • Future Issues
  • A home inspection can’t predict the future, but they can provide you with some potential issues that may arise like wearable items like your roof, furnace, water heater, plumbing, electrical.
  • Protecting Your Investment
  • A good home inspection should be a valuable educational resource. They can suggest specific tips on how to maintain the home, and ultimately save you thousands of dollars in the long term, according to De Vivo.
  • Insurance
  • Many insurance companies will not insure a home unless there was a professional home inspector hired for the home. Without the presence of certifications like an hour-point inspection.
  • Deal Breakers
  • A dream home shouldn’t come as a surprise when you have safety issues or poorly install items. A home inspection can help identify how much additional money or effort they are willing and able to spend to take them home to a condition that is personally acceptable.
  • Your Biggest Investment
  • It’s your responsibility to understand the rises of not getting a professional home inspection from someone that is certified and licensed that can offer services legally. Home inspections reveal the inner workings of the property, allowing you to be informed of all the perks and pitfalls the home has to offer.
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