You’ve decided to buy a house. You’ve done your research, found the perfect suburb, the perfect neighbors, the perfect home. Everything is going just as you’ve dreamed. Now the only thing left is to get one of those pesky home inspections. No matter what kind of home you’re buying, whether it be a starter home or just a home to flip, a home inspection is absolutely essential.
For those of you that don’t know, a home inspection is just as it sounds: an inspection of ones’ home. This is when a home inspector will come to a house and inspect every square foot of it. This inspection includes, but not limited to, looking out for mold, lead paint, breaks in the foundation or roof, and so much more. A home inspection is so necessary because it tells you what exactly you’re getting into before you make the final purchase of your prospective home. So with something as important as this, wouldn’t you want to be there to see it done yourself? Of course, you would! This is why you should be at the home inspection if you are a potential home buyer.
To Ask Specific Questions
Nobody has the answer to everything. It’s only human nature to want and need to ask questions. This is especially important when it comes to a home inspection. Even if you get on their nerves, you want to ask your home inspectors as many questions as you can. That way, you will have the knowledge to know how to fix specific problems or make certain changes when it comes time to buy your home. It’s also a good idea to carry a notebook with you during the inspection to take your own notes of what you notice is right and wrong with the home. This way, you won’t forget anything when the time comes to find a solution for a particular problem that was noted during the inspection.
Everyone likes a good deal. It’s only human nature to want to get the biggest bang out of your buck. And home inspections are the perfect negotiating tool when it comes to buying a house. With every problem and issue the home inspector finds with your prospective house, you will be able to use these issues as leverage when it comes to negotiating price and terms with the realtors. You could even arrange to have the homeowner fix specific problems found in the home inspection.
Keep The Home Inspection Honest
We’re not saying home inspectors lie or cheat during the inspection. Just sometimes, things are missed or overlooked during an inspection. This is why it’s so vital for you, the buyer, to be present during the inspection. You will have the opportunity to pick up on the issues or problems initially missed by the inspector while ensuring that they are doing their job and doing it well. While it can be a hassle to go through such a tedious process as a home inspection, it’s well worth it in the long run.