Home Inspection: Why You Shouldn't Buy Without One

Posted by TM5 Properties Agent on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 at 5:21pm.

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A Home Inspection Could Save You Thousands!

Becoming a home owner is one of the largest investments that you will ever make. To protect yourself against unpleasent surprises and future difficulties, you should have a home inspection before you purchase the property. Whether you are buying new construction or a resale, a proper home inspection will give you the information and confidence that you need to make informed decisions.

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 The inspection reoprt will cover a wide variety of topics from structure to fireplaces. For more information on what an inspection should cover click here. If an inspector reports a major deficiency in the house you plan to purchase, there are several courses of action you can take. If you are in the "option period" of your purchase contract you can ask your real estate agent to help you negotiate with the sellers for the repair of the deficiency. If the deficiency is so severe that you feel it cannot be repaired properly and you are within the "option period" you are allowed to terminate the purchase contract without losing your earnest money. As you can see, a home inspection could save you bigtime!

Questions You Should Ask Your Inspector

  • How much do you charge?
  • Do you also perform repairs? (If the answer is yes, that may indicate a conflict of interest)
  • What will the inspection include? (Get specifics. It should include the items in the link offered above)
  • Do you inspect gas lines, swimming pools, spas, septic systems, and wells? Do you charge extra for those?
  • How much would you charge if I ask for a re-inspection after repairs are completed?
  • Will you supply a detailed written report? (The inspector should always provide this)
  • Can I attend the inspection? (This is an opportunity for you to learn about your new home and ask questions. The inspector should always be willing to walk through the house and explain his findings to you after he is finished.)
  • Do you go up on the roof to inspect it?
  • How long will the inspection typically take? (Beware of an inspection that is less than two hours)
  • Can I call you with questions that I come up with later?
  • Can you give me references of recent clients?
If you would like more information on home inspections, click here for a link to the American Society of Home Inspectors. 

Have You Ever Had a Home Inspection and Did it Save You Money?

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Thanks and Gig 'Em!

1 Response to "Home Inspection: Why You Shouldn't Buy Without One"

Anita Mas wrote: That's a good point that I'd like to be more confident when it comes to buying a house. It's such a big investment that I'd like to know what I'm getting into before I sign on the dotted line. Being able to negotiate a better deal based off their findings would be nice as well. You might as well get a deal while you're at it.

Posted on Thursday, October 15th, 2015 at 9:25am.

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