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How Home Inspections Help You Choose Your New Home

Surely you have heard horror stories about defects or problems with a new home that were overlooked upon the first or second survey of the property. Overall, it looked great, so what is a minor flaw or damage that may appear later, right? So many times, in the frenzy to hurry up and buy the perfect house and move in to start a new life, people let little things slide.

Later on, these little things can become much bigger, costing a fortune and causing much resented labor and time on the owner’s behalf. You can most definitely avoid these types of scenarios. Believe it or not, hiring a professional inspector to evaluate your potential home could save you thousands of dollars and/or save you from picking a home you will regret having bought for years to come.

The average home buyer cannot detect damages and problems in properties that professional home inspectors do catch upon inspection. This person can tell you the condition and safety of the materials, the quality of living that can be expected in the home, and the estimated resale value in the future.

They are not obligated to convey aesthetic defects such as the quality of the home, things “looking wrong,” or features of the home being unattractive or asymmetrical. Most of these are subjective views anyway. Inspectors are only meant to assess the condition, safety, cleanliness and sanitation of the home.

To choose a qualified inspector, you should select one with the most experience and the best reputation. Recommendations from friends or acquaintances, as well as a clean background with no signs of past complaints or lawsuits, are good indicators of a qualified inspector.

The person will have a working knowledge of real estate, a strong involvement and awareness in inspection organizations and expertise in residential structures and systems. It is probably smart to choose someone who does home inspections exclusively. Make sure the contractor is certified. Also, experts suggest looking into such forms of coverage as Errors and Omissions Insurance. This will allow you to hold the inspector accountable if something is found that should have been reported upon inspection.

Home inspections generally cost between $200 and $500. Usually it will be done a week to two weeks after the contract is made between the home buyers and the inspector. Do not place an offer on a house before having it inspected. Be sure to be at the inspection to make sure it is thoroughly checked.

They will evaluate the structural foundation, plumbing and electricity, roof, windows and doors, air conditioning, appliances, walks and driveways, patios, pools and spas, ventilation and drainage and other aspects of the home that are relates to a proper assessment of the home’s value.

The inspection should take around two hours and the property owner as well as the buyer needs to be present. The utilities should be turned on beforehand. Payment should be issues at the time the inspection is completed. Also do a personal inspection as the professional inspector does his or hers. This will give you a greater sense of confidence that the home has been completely assessed.

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