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
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
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