Navigating your first home inspection can be a little intimidating. Whether A First Time Or Buying A Home Many Times, As A Buyer Only Realtor 28 Years And Office Dedicated Exclusive To Only Home Buyers, I share Some Tips And Home Inspection Advice Check out this article and learn about navigating your first home inspection." #RealEstateAdvice #Homewners
Good home inspectors are great allies when it comes to making one of the most important purchasing decisions of your life. It Is Important The Home Inspector Is A Member Of ASHI (American Society Of Home Inspectors ) Most first-time homeowners don't have a clue how to kick the tires on a house. Is the foundation strong? Does the roof leak? Is the rear deck up to code? How on Earth do you know if the wiring needs attention? Thankfully, home inspectors can tell you all this and more. Here are a few tips on how to navigate your first home inspection.
Buying Your First Home Or Even buying as a seasoned multi time home buyer is super exciting, but it can also be a little nerve-wracking. Making serious financial decisions and dealing with unfamiliar lingo can be overwhelming, not to mention all of the considerations about what kind of shape the house is in when it becomes yours. It's enough to send you screaming back to your rental property. It does not need to be a frustrating experience of the home buying process, but home inspection is the most critical part of buying any home, that and final loan approval. Finding a true buyer only Realtor office and Finding the home are part of this process also, but home inspection trumps all aforementioned.
Finding Your Inspector
The best way to find a good home inspector is to get a referral. You Should Obtain At Least Three Choices. Many times, the exclusive buyers agent or lending officer has someone to recommend, but don't feel pressured to use this person. Ask around to trusted friends and family who have recently worked with an inspector. It usually helps to ask people in the same general area as the home you're considering, too. If you can't get the inside scoop, do some Internet sleuthing to find the right match. Go To ASHI website for their inspector members. Your state housing authority will typically have a list of certified inspectors on your area as well.
Once you've found a candidate, you need to ask some questions. First, find out how much the inspection will cost and exactly what it covers. Many Inspectors will not go in the roof or check Fireplaces, Septic Systems and you need to ask the turnaround time to get your Inspection Report back. If you need some payment options, ask about this up front as well. Scheduling can make the difference between getting a house and losing it, so sooner than later is a good rule of thumb. Make sure you're able to coordinate a time that won't leave your purchase in jeopardy. And before you pull the trigger, get some references and make sure the inspector is certified to work in the residential sector.
Know Your Deal-breakers
You should be there with the inspector while he or she works, I as A Buyer Only Broker, attend all inspections, but it's best to stay out of the way and save your questions until after the work is done. Most Inspectors go over the “meat” of the Report at the end of the inspection, is a great time to ask questions as you receive your discovery of items which will be noted in your report. You'll get the broad strokes during the inspection, and a detailed report will follow. You should have a good idea going in how much you can afford in home repairs, so you aren't stuck in a tough spot when you find out the roof needs to be replaced. Or if Mold is detected, usually requires further cost for testing the areas and results coming back. Contact me for more on this issue if Mold Is Discovered can share stories and info with you. Set some parameters for the amount of money you're wiling to spend to fix the problem areas. In many scenarios buyer can ask Seller to pay for Health and Saftey oriented repairs during inspection period process on a form we use called Request For Repairs. Major repairs to wiring and plumbing are no fun and can get costly. The same goes for structural work. If you need a support beam installed or some minor bathroom plumbing replaced, it may be within your budget or even your DIY range. But if the entire house sags three feet downhill or if you have flooding problems in the basement, you might want to think twice before jumping into it. At that point would have also a Geologist do a Verbal Report as part of your insoections, another subject if you want to contact me can share insight on.
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"Ten Important Questions to Ask Your Home Inspector." Hud.gov, 2010. http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/insp/inspfaq.cfm