Before you buy a home, you want to be assured it is in good condition as this would save you from stress and from spending a lot on repairs. You’ll have some assurance when you get your potential home inspected professionally, a process that doesn’t have to be overly difficult if you know what mistakes to avoid early on.
Choosing the Wrong Type
If you’ve never purchased a home before, you may not know which type of inspection to get. There are several types, only adding to your confusion. Two of the most common are home inspections and general inspections. After receiving a home inspection, you get the opportunity to make a list of what the seller needs to fix prior to closing on the deal. If they are not cooperative, of course you can walk away.
In contrast, a general inspection is just for information purposes only, where you don’t get to make demands on the seller. Rather, potential red flags are identified to help you decide if a property is a good fit.
The American Society of Home Inspectors recommends a three-pronged inspection for new homes: before the foundation is poured, before insulation and drywall, and before the final walk-through.
Failing to Get Multiple Inspections
Many people think that since they’re getting homes inspected professionally, the report they’ll receive will be correct. This may be true but you’re the one buying the property, not the inspector. It is advisable to make absolutely sure you know what’s wrong with the property by getting considering multiple inspections. You’ll have a clearer picture of what you’re getting yourself into long-term.
In addition to getting multiple inspections, you need to make sure you’re using the right inspectors. Ideally, you want them to be licensed, have ample experience in this field, and possess a communication style you’re comfortable with. A lot of times, your real estate agent recommends inspectors to use, but you could also search for specialists using the American Society of Home Inspectors. This directory gives you access to professionals who have all been verified and certified.
Not Being Present During the Inspections
After an inspection, you’ll be given a detailed account of structures and problems that need to be fixed. These reports are extensive and you may not have a lot of knowledge or know what you’re reading. That’s why you should always be present during these inspections, so you can ask any questions as the need arises. You can get helpful insights into the severity of damage and potential costs, allowing you to make an informed decision.
Also, watching the inspector in person helps ensure they don’t cut corners. They’ll go through every part of the home inside and out, checking the roof, foundation, electrical wiring, HVAC settings, and security systems. Any good inspector will explain what they’re looking for and answer any questions you may have at the time.
Assuming a Newly-Constructed Home is Okay
A great way to avoid expensive and time-consuming home renovations is to buy new real estate. Although these homes look to be in near perfect condition, you should still have them inspected by a professional. After all, a perfect exterior doesn’t always equate to perfect plumbing and interior features.
Having new homes inspected also helps ensure applicable codes and regulations are properly observed. You’d be surprised at the number of contractors who cut corners during the build to save money and speed up the project.
Whether you’ve owned multiple homes or this is your first time buying any Hartford homes you’re interested in, you should always get an inspection. You’ll then have knowledge required to make smart financial decisions and can better negotiate with sellers.
Housing Solutions Real Estate, LLC, will help you get the best price and be ready to move into your newly acquired real estate as soon as possible while always representing the best interest of you, the homebuyer. Call us today at 603-642-4800.