If you are looking to buy a house, then you really need to understand how important it is that you get a Home Inspection! So before you find what you think is the perfect house and signed on the dotted line please consider this FREE advice.
You might think that you have watched enough home improvement shows to know if the home is in good shape. Don’t let your ego cause you pain and cost you money. Some buyers make the mistake of skipping a home inspection because they think they will save money. The small cost of a home inspection is nothing compared to how much it can save you. Even if you are buying a home AS-IS, you need to hire a home inspector.
Why You Should Get A Home Inspection
Hey, I am not saying that you are not smart. I am sure that you know about home remodeling and repairs. But the truth is that most people are not experts when it comes to all the things that a home inspection covers. While a home might look perfect on the surface, there could be major hidden issues. This is why you need to hire an inspector to really go over the home with a fine tooth comb. Plus, if you get a home inspection you will be able to plan for any future repairs or needed upgrades.
When Should You Schedule the Home Inspection
When you are writing up the offer contract, you need to specify how long you have to make the home inspection. A savvy buyers agent knows how to write up the contract to include a contingency for the home inspection. You MUST make sure you schedule the home inspection before the inspection period has ended. The nice thing is that a home inspection could find something that you just cannot live with or afford to fix. And depending on how your contract is written, the home inspection contingency can give you options to deal with this situation!
Most of the time you get an inspection after you’ve signed a contract. You can ask your REALTOR or friends and family for referrals. Then give them a call to check out their prices. Be sure that you also ask for a list of what they will and will not look at during the inspection.
Since buying a home is NOT the time to cut corners, it naturally means that picking the cheapest inspector is probably NOT the best idea. Hey I admit that I love cheap. But I also love a good value. Some home inspections might cost more but are a better value because of the experience of the inspector. Or maybe the inspection goes into more detail.
A good home inspection looks for more possible problems than a cheap one.
I have to mention ego again. Often it is our ego that causes us the biggest problems in life. Don’t think you are so smart that you will find every little problem with a house. By paying for an inspection, you are getting a qualified and experienced person to help you find problems. I think you will agree that 2 sets of eyes are better than 1?