Whether you’re buying a new or refurbished home, having a home inspection is the best decision you can make as a homeowner…A decision that can save you trouble, as well as the grief of spending hundreds of dollars for repairs, in the long run. You may ask, “Is it really that important?” See below!
1. It may look like all is well, but that may not be the case. Those who are buying a newer home as opposed to an older one may assume that problems may be few and far in between. However, the age of the home does not mean there aren’t issues residing within the electrical work, plumbing, foundation, etc. A home inspector knows all of the right places to look and how everything should be running and/or appearing.
2. As mentioned earlier, home inspections will save you money. Depending on the size and age of your home, your inspection cost will vary. However, it’s best to pay the inspection fee as opposed to what you could be paying down the road once problems, which were once small, start to become worse.
3. If you haven’t bought the house yet, there’s a chance the seller may pay for any repairs needed. Talk to the seller and read any clauses and/or paperwork you’ve signed to see if they will cover the cost of the damages done during their time residing in/owning the house.
4. Certain repairs may be used to negotiate a lower selling price. This all depends upon the seller, however, and the types of repairs needed.
5. Be aware of what you’re getting into. The best kind of buyer is the one who is informed. After all, this isn’t just a house – it’s your home, and you have the right to know your living space is safe for you and your family.