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Home Buyers Handbook The Inspection
If you're like most people, you aren't an expert in all things construction. Obviously you can tell if something is out of place by sight, but some of the deeper issues leave you a little unsettled.
You worry about the things you don't know. It's human nature. And when we are talking about something as big as buying a house... that worry grows quickly.
So how do you know? How do you know the roof isn't bad? How do you know that the basement isn't prone to flooding?
There are actually two layers to this answer, both of which help protect you and keep you from buying a lemon.
The first is to trust your agent and their experience. When you think about the amount of homes a client looks at when buying, multiplied by the number of clients an agent works with... they see a lot of homes. And in most cases, have been through many home inspections. While you are deciding if you like the layout and where your furniture would go, we are always looking for things that raise red flags.
The second is your home inspection. Unless you are a seasoned investor that is prepared for major renovation costs, I never advise a client to waive the inspection contingency. This is your chance to have a trained a licensed professional come in and go top to bottom in the house to find out what's good and what's bad.Here is a list of just some of the things that an inspection will tell you about the home:
- general notes about age, geographic position, type of home/construction
- approximate age of the roof- age of furnace and hot water
- structural integrity of the foundation (sinking, settling, potential issues)
- condition of electric service panel
- function of all plumbing fixtures (faucets, sinks, toilets, showers, tubs, etc.)
- age/condition/functionality of all appliances if included in deal (range, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, washer/dryer)
- any lot drainage issues, function of sump pump and drainage system
- overall condition/health of the home
- condition of furnace air filter
And the best part is that you are there for the inspection too. So you have 2 hours to pick the inspector's brain and ask all of the questions you still need answers too. They are more than happy to educate you and help you understand the way things work, and preventative maintenance tips that can reduce headaches along the way.
If you want to talk to me... or better yet, if you want to talk to my inspector.. let me know. I have a couple that I work with that are great people, and they would love to help you.
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