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Home Inspections Are a Must
I've said it before on here, and I'll say it again: I like HGTV as much as the next guy, but they've given some pretty bad advice on some of their shows when it comes to real-life home buying. For instance, I've heard the "experts" advise more than once that home buyers don't need to worry about a home inspection. I could not disagree more!
I know. I know. You've found the perfect home and NOTHING can make you change your mind. You've already measured for furniture and you don't foresee how anything could go wrong. Before you move forward, you have got to protect yourself. Buying a home is a big deal and a big investment, so please take my word for it when I say that investing in a thorough home inspection is one of the most important parts of the home-buying process.
Jerry Black from Pillar to Post Home Inspectors services many homes in the Middle Tennessee real estate area. He explains that many times when a buyer walks in a house and they know they want it, they put up blinders. A home inspector will go through the house with unbiased eyes to make sure they find everything that needs to be discovered. The most common problems they find that the untrained eye misses are plumbing leaks and issues in the crawl space.
So, how does a home inspection protect you? It can be written in as a contingency on your purchasing offer. If the inspector finds major problems with the home you are trying to buy, you have the option of walking away from your offer without any penalties. It's best to ask for two weeks to get the inspection done when you make your offer.
You should expect a home inspection to last from two to three hours. It is beneficial for you to be there during this time so the inspector can explain things more clearly to you. According to investopedia.com, the inspector should note:
- whether each problem is a safety issue, major defect, or minor defectâ€¨
- which items need replacement and which should be repaired or servicedâ€¨
- items that are suitable for now but that should be monitored closely
A really great inspector will even tell you about routine maintenance that should be performed, which can be a big help if you're a first-time home buyer.
Be sure to find the company that offers the most services. There are three major home inspection agencies that monitor the guidelines, but those guidelines only require a minimum on some services. Hire the company that goes above and beyond. Pillar to Post, for instance, offers a 1,600 point inspection!
Even though there are quite a few expenses in the buying and selling process, a home inspection is one of the best investments for your purchase and your peace of mind.
For more information on Pillar to Post, click here.
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