If you've been in the market for a house for a while, you know that finding the perfect home for your family may not be an easy task. But this doesn't mean you should keep your guard down when you finally find a house that matches your requirements.
One of the things you should do as part of due diligence during the home purchase process is to seek out the services of a house inspector or building inspector. A building inspection service helps to discover the general condition of the house. But like the realtor and legal service you'll need when buying a home, house inspection costs money.
So, should you inspect before buying or skip home inspection? Keep reading on below to discover why pre-purchase home inspections are important.
They Help to Reveal Unseen Problems
Just like you need to seek out a mechanic to inspect a used car before buying it, you also need to hire a house inspector to inspect the home you're interested in buying. They'll perform a thorough inspection of the home's walls, roofing, basement, foundation, windows, doors and other visible parts of the home to reveal problems that may compromise the structural soundness of the building. Your home inspector will also check the plumbing and electrical systems to ensure that they're working properly.
Aside from revealing existing and potential problems, a building inspector can also provide estimates of how much it would cost to fix the identified problems.
Equipped with your home inspection report containing important information on the general condition of the home you want to buy, you can determine the extent and cost of repair work needed.
They Are an Important Price Negotiation Tool
In addition to bringing existing and potential problems to your attention, the report that you receive from a home inspector is also a vital negotiation tool.
When you're negotiating the price of the home with the seller, ask them if they'll do the necessary repair work before you buy the property or if they'll reduce the price they're asking for depending on the estimated cost of the repair work. If they agree with you, you'll save the money you'd have spent doing the repairs yourself.
Home inspection service costs money, but the small amount you pay goes a long way in giving you peace of mind that you made the right investment. Don't hesitate to hire a home inspector before closing on your home.Share
18 January 2019
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