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Why Home Inspection is recommended before Buying?

Erich Kelter - Monday, July 30, 2012

A home inspection is something that should happen regularly, especially if you are trying to sell. Home inspections involve having a professional inspector come in and look carefully at a property. The purpose of the inspection is to see if there are any serious problems with the property. Most of the time a buyer will order a home inspection on a property they are considering buying, although today it is becoming more and more common for a seller to order an inspection before placing it on the market so that there are no nasty surprises to negotiate.

Purchasing any home may be one of the most expensive decisions most people make throughout the course of their lives. If you don't know everything there is to know about the construction of your home, you could be making a horrible mistake by purchasing the wrong home. Buying a home on emotion is never a good thing, so a home inspection can help you sort out the emotion and help you make a smart buying decision.

So how does a home inspection play into a real estate transaction? Let's look at the entire transaction to get a basic understanding:

Home Inspection Before Buying
  1. You meet with a real estate agent and give him or her an idea of the size and price of property you want to purchase.
  2. After looking at several properties over several weeks, you locate the home you have always wanted.
  3. You want to put in an offer immediately, especially when you find out that the seller of the house has cut $5,000 off of the asking price. You think immediately that this is the house you have always wanted.
  4. Usually an offer starts off with an inspection period that lasts 5 days, although that is negotiable.
  5. You have the option to purchase a home inspection, although your real estate agent should explain to you why a home inspection is absolutely necessary. Any offer you write, should ALWAYS be subject to a home inspection.
  6. If you skipped the home inspection, then you may discover some big problems with the home just a few weeks after you move in. The property could sustain major damage and you could even lose some of your things if there is something seriously wrong.
  7. On the other hand, if you did have a home inspection done, then you would have discovered some basic things like where the shutoff valve for the water is located, missing insulation, etc.
  8. If you had decided to have the home inspection done, then you also would have learned that there was a big problem with the plumbing in the home. Suddenly there might just be an explanation for that $5,000 off the asking price. And you would have been duped if you had not had the home inspection done.

A complete inspection covers all parts of the home, including the plumbing, electrical, HVAC, foundation, roofing, and every other vital components of the home. Having a third party inspect the property before buying is the only way to keep yourself safe.

Let the experts at Above Grade Home Inspections help you avert disaster in your search for the perfect house or property.

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