The Importance of Home Inspections

Buyer’s Inspection

Getting an inspection completed before you purchase a home allows you to protect your investment and make a full and informed decision.

A home inspection accomplishes two important goals. It gives you the opportunity to find out the condition of the house including its structural soundness and the condition of its mechanical systems and it allows you to bring any issues to the seller’s attention so they can be resolved before the sale is complete.

A home inspection will:

  • Detect safety issues like radon, carbon monoxide, and mold.
  • Reveal whether any additions or renovations were completed without a proper permit, or did not follow proper building codes.
  • Approximate the age of major systems in the home like plumbing, heating, and cooling systems to help you understand when they might require replacement allowing you to make important budgeting decisions.
  • Allow you to determine how much time, money, and effort you are willing to spend on repairs and find out what your ‘deal-breakers are.
  • Give you the complete picture so your dream home doesn’t become a nightmare. 
  • Provide you with an unbiased and objective assessment of the home.

A home inspection will make you aware of what repairs and maintenance the home may require now and over time. If you aren’t comfortable with what is found during the inspection it can provide you with the opportunity to renegotiate or rescind your offer. You can work with your realtor to understand what requests can and should be made to negotiate a better deal.

The small price of a home inspection is worth it as it can provide you with the full picture and the peace of mind you need before you make any decisions.

Seller’s Inspection

A Seller’s Inspection enables you to identify any problems before putting your home on the market, helps you understand the true condition of your home, and provides you with the opportunity to rectify any issues beforehand. Buyers want a home inspection to understand what they are buying and will negotiate the home price based on inspection results so it can make sense to complete the inspection at the beginning of the sales process. 

Getting any necessary repairs completed ahead of time may also be more cost-effective than having to pay for a buyer’s contractors. Once any issues are addressed, the selling price can reflect this allowing you to request a higher asking price. 

Your home is more likely to sell faster and for a better price if it is problem-free when it goes on the market. 

 

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